- to state that (something declared or believed to be true) is not true: to deny an accusation.
- to refuse to agree or accede to: to deny a petition.
- to withhold the possession, use, or enjoyment of: to deny access to secret information.
- to withhold something from, or refuse to grant a request of: to deny a beggar.
- to refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disown; disavow; repudiate: to deny one's gods.
- to withhold (someone) from accessibility to a visitor: The secretary denied his employer to all those without appointments.
- Obsolete. to refuse to take or accept.
- deny oneself, to refrain from satisfying one's desires or needs; practice self-denial.
Origin of deny
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Examples from the Web for deny
Of course, to call out pinkwashing is not to deny the facts.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
Through a spokesperson, Klaus does not deny that he and Cato parted ways.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
December 22, 2014
In any case, the narrative resonance of all this is impossible to deny.The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A.
December 6, 2014
Representatives of both Dr. Luke and Lady Gaga were quick to deny these allegations.Shut Up, Lady Gaga’s Rape Isn’t About You
December 4, 2014
But ISIS sympathizers quickly took to social media to deny the story.The ISIS Wife Swap Mystery
December 3, 2014
Not a hand was raised—for his worst enemies could not deny that he was temperate and frugal.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
This is a record and result that no careful student of our history will, I take it, deny.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
No one justly may deny the equality of opportunity which made us what we are.
Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.
Will he deny me the visits of my dearest friend, and forbid me to correspond with her?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- to declare (an assertion, statement, etc) to be untruehe denied that he had killed her
- to reject as false; refuse to accept or believe
- to withhold; refuse to give
- to refuse to fulfil the requests or expectations ofit is hard to deny a child
- to refuse to acknowledge or recognize; disown; disavowthe baron denied his wicked son
- to refuse (oneself) things desired
Word Origin and History for deny
early 14c., from Old French denoiir "deny, repudiate, withhold," from Latin denegare "to deny, reject, refuse" (source of Italian dinegarre, Spanish denegar), from de- "away" (see de-) + negare "refuse, say 'no,' " from Old Latin nec "not," from Italic base *nek- "not," from PIE root *ne- "no, not" (see un-). Related: Denied; denying.