be lied

belie

[bih-lahy]
verb (used with object), belied, belying.
1.
to show to be false; contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
2.
to misrepresent: The newspaper belied the facts.
3.
to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one's ancestry, one's faith, etc.).
4.
Archaic. to lie about; slander.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English belyen, Old English belēogan. See be-, lie1

belier, noun
unbelied, adjective


1. refute, disprove, controvert, repudiate, confute, gainsay. 1, 2. See misrepresent.


1. prove, verify, support.
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belie (bɪˈlaɪ)
 
vb , -lies, -lying, -lied
1.  to show to be untrue; contradict
2.  to misrepresent; disguise the nature of: the report belied the real extent of the damage
3.  to fail to justify; disappoint
 
[Old English belēogan; related to Old Frisian biliuga, Old High German biliugan; see be-, lie1]
 
be'lier
 
n

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belie
O.E. beleogan "to deceive by lies," from be- + lie (v.1) "to lie, tell lies." Current sense of "to contradict as a lie" is first recorded 1640s. The other verb lie once also had a formation like this, from O.E. belicgan, which meant "to encompass, beleaguer,"
and in M.E. was a euphemism for "to have sex with" (i.e. "to lie with carnally").
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