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belie

[bih-lahy] /bɪˈlaɪ/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English belyen, Old English belēogan. See be-, lie1
Related forms
belier, noun
unbelied, adjective
Synonyms
1. refute, disprove, controvert, repudiate, confute, gainsay. 1, 2. See misrepresent.
Antonyms
1. prove, verify, support.
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Examples for belie
  • Night owls belie slacker reputation by staying alert longer.
  • The simplicity of text and art belie masterly craftsmanship.
  • Price inflation indexes belie the actual increase in the cost of living .
  • The facts belie that notion.
  • Cars that corner too flat often belie their limits of adhesion.
  • Some say that recent jitters in the foreign markets also belie any causal link between program trading and volatility.
  • Economic statistics belie the two countries' shared history and geography.
  • The best of these paintings belie the insipidity of later, more familiar renderings of fairyland.
  • These outward differences belie a strong genetic resemblance and a close evolutionary link between the birds.
  • Her soft brown eyes, under the brim of the straw hat, belie determination but also a touch of fatigue.
British Dictionary definitions for belie

belie

/bɪˈlaɪ/
verb (transitive) -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
Derived Forms
belier, noun
Word Origin
Old English belēogan; related to Old Frisian biliuga, Old High German biliugan; see be-, lie1
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Word Origin and History for belie
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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