Re denial

denial

[dih-nahy-uhl]
noun
1.
an assertion that something said, believed, alleged, etc., is false: Despite his denials, we knew he had taken the purse. The politician issued a denial of his opponent's charges.
2.
refusal to believe a doctrine, theory, or the like.
3.
disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing.
4.
the refusal to satisfy a claim, request, desire, etc., or the refusal of a person making it.
5.
refusal to recognize or acknowledge; a disowning or disavowal: the traitor's denial of his country; Peter's denial of Christ.
6.
Law. refusal to acknowledge the validity of a claim, suit, or the like; a plea that denies allegations of fact in an adversary's plea: Although she sued for libel, he entered a general denial.
7.
sacrifice of one's own wants or needs; self-denial.
8.
Psychology. an unconscious defense mechanism used to reduce anxiety by denying thoughts, feelings, or facts that are consciously intolerable.

Origin:
1520–30; deny + -al2

nondenial, noun
predenial, adjective
redenial, noun


1. disavowal, disclaimer, repudiation.


1. admission, acknowledgment, confession.
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denial (dɪˈnaɪəl)
 
n
1.  a refusal to agree or comply with a statement; contradiction
2.  the rejection of the truth of a proposition, doctrine, etc: a denial of God's existence
3.  a negative reply; rejection of a request
4.  a refusal to acknowledge; renunciation; disavowal: a denial of one's leader
5.  See also defence mechanism a psychological process by which painful truths are not admitted into an individual's consciousness
6.  abstinence; self-denial

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denial
1520s, from deny + -al (2). Meaning "unconscious suppression of painful or embarrassing feelings" first attested 1914 in A.A. Brill's translation of Freud's "Psychopathology of Everyday Life"; popularized 1980s in phrase in denial.
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denial de·ni·al (dĭ-nī'əl)
n.
An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.

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