- 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 belying
Toward herself, in particular, his feelings were too deep for him to succeed in belying them.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
You're a rum fellow, to belying out on the beach on a cold night.The Short Works of George Meredith
Insisting on a future, he could not do homage to the belying simulacrum of the present.The Celt and Saxon, Complete
He was on his guard directly, and said coldly, "You have been belying me to my very clerk."Hard Cash
He glanced at her and their eyes met, the reproach in his own belying his words.Jude the Obscure
- 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 belying
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").