- 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 belied
But his words felt forced and were belied his 2004 vote to oppose marking Martin Luther King Jr.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
There were, though, other loves that belied the appearance of a desiccated, workaholic spinster.Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq
June 17, 2014
With a soft smile and a shrug that belied by his steely eyes, he replied, “Start another.”Masahiro Tanaka Is the Yankees' $155M Lethal Weapon and Strikeout Machine
May 9, 2014
He belied his stated remorse as it became clear his primary regret was that he had landed himself behind bars.34 Years Later, Gunshots Still Echo From a Senseless Killing
March 11, 2013
Spike, she of the punk-rocker hair that belied a gentle personality, eventually opted to keep the baby (Emma).Wheels Is Dead: Remembering a Canadian Childhood
March 1, 2012
Four years of new experience have not belied our historic instinct.
He had a feeling of security that was belied by all his experience with men.White Fang
But her rich tones were full of a genuine eagerness that belied the look.The Law-Breakers
The mournful irony of the words was belied by the tremulous voice.The Eternal City
"I trust not," said Gregory, in accents of relief that belied him.The Tavern Knight
- 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 belied
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").