There were, though, other loves that belied the appearance of a desiccated, workaholic spinster.
Spike, she of the punk-rocker hair that belied a gentle personality, eventually opted to keep the baby (Emma).
But such talk is belied by other accounts of the situation in the city.
Old English 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 Old English belicgan, which meant "to encompass, beleaguer," and in Middle English was a euphemism for "to have sex with" (i.e. "to lie with carnally").