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[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 belied
  • She had an answer for all, delivered with an earnestness belied by a twinkle in her eye.
  • Yet their talk of easy victory was belied by a failure to follow through.
  • The opening chapters of this volume give a promise of excellence which is utterly belied by what follows.
  • The turnaround has belied many of the reasons given for the continued strength of large-cap stocks.
  • Her gentle, graceful way belied her incisive brilliance in understanding the learning needs of all children.
  • His stature belied the giant he was in character and loving-kindness.
  • Her style and disarming wit belied a quiet strength, and unselfish dedication to others.
  • These performances somewhat belied the advance notice conveyed via compact disk.
  • The shrimp bisque belied its thin texture and was creamy and tasty.
  • But the good cheer at the gathering belied the tensions that the anniversary has inspired.
British Dictionary definitions for belied

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 belied
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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