The black swan was thought remarkable when discovered, as belying an old Latin proverb.
Toward herself, in particular, his feelings were too deep for him to succeed in belying them.
belying his war-like aspect he was harnessed to a child's express wagon which was loaded with milk cans and baskets.
He was on his guard directly, and said coldly, "You have been belying me to my very clerk."
We have seen them belying all the pretty traditions about their modest and retiring ways.
They returned and were hooted for belying the bellicose by their mission, and interpreting too well the peaceful.
belying this cloutish exterior was a quietness of manner and the dreamy vision of a passionate student.
He looked at her, his bold eyes challenging, belying the amiable gentleness of his smile.
Meanwhile the Gadabout was belying her name, as now she was only drifting slowly with the current.
And some of these works have come forth, belying the prophecies of incredulous friends.
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").