- 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 belies
The story is simple and one that belies the intensity of the conflict.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
And it belies the idea of the writer as a placeless member of the Society of the Imagination.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Literary Lagos
March 16, 2014
However, an insidious form of segregation, happening within the educational system, belies this simplistic view.Roma Children Face Segregation In EU Schools
March 8, 2014
The communiqué issued by the G-20 at the end of its intensive discussions in Cannes belies this grand promise.Crisis Kills G-20 Progress
November 5, 2011
At 6-foot-5, and a lanky frame, he has a calm demeanor that belies the tremendous pressure he is under.Jackson's 'Last Man Standing', Dr. Conrad Murray: 'Don't Scapegoat Me'
August 19, 2009
It is when one or the other does not work correctly that one belies the other.Seed Thoughts for Singers
Frank Herbert Tubbs
Today this gentle island, green and golden, belies its violent birth.Oahu Traveler's guide
"Yes, of course," says Mr. Gower, but in a tone that belies his words.Portia
"Amzi, the name of 'benevolent' belies your words," he said.The Days of Mohammed
Anna May Wilson
I have not told of anything that interferes with or belies my love for you.Tess of the d'Urbervilles
- 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 belies
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").