belie

[ bih-lahy ]
/ bɪˈlaɪ /

verb (used with object), be·lied, be·ly·ing.

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.

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Origin of belie

First recorded before 1000; Middle English belyen,Old English belēogan.see origin at be-, lie1

synonym study for belie

1, 2. See misrepresent.

OTHER WORDS FROM belie

be·li·er, nounun·be·lied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for belie

belie
/ (bɪˈlaɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied (tr)

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

Derived forms of belie

belier, noun

Word Origin for belie

Old English belēogan; related to Old Frisian biliuga, Old High German biliugan; see be-, lie 1
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