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

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. Unabridged
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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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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