- 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.
Origin of belie
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Examples from the Web for belie
This obviously contributes to under-reporting and may belie the campus' safety records.No Rapes On Campus? No Way.
July 5, 2014
Those questions are what belie the real problem with effort.‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’ Review: We. We Are Underwhelmed
May 27, 2014
The broad sweep of The Sleepwalkers seems at first to belie its central thesis.The Utterly Pointless First World War
Michael F. Bishop
May 22, 2013
Iott says his antics are “purely historical” and belie neither interest nor belief in the tenets of National Socialism.The Daily Beast 2010 Political Awards
Samuel P. Jacobs
December 21, 2010
And here, the hospitality of the Dervish does not belie his Arab blood.The Book of Khalid
Since he had begun to belie his nature, mischief possessed him.The Prisoner
You simple man, they want you for themselves; that is why they belie me.
Archer's horse did not belie the character he had given of him.Frank Fairlegh
Frank E. Smedley
She laughed to belie her words, but the note of agitation was not to be concealed.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
- to show to be untrue; contradict
- to misrepresent; disguise the nature ofthe report belied the real extent of the damage
- to fail to justify; disappoint
Word Origin and History for belie
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").