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verb (used with object), be·lied, be·ly·ing.
  1. to show to be false; contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
  2. to misrepresent: The newspaper belied the facts.
  3. to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one's ancestry, one's faith, etc.).
  4. Archaic. to lie about; slander.
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Origin of belie

before 1000; Middle English belyen, Old English belēogan. See be-, lie1
Related formsbe·li·er, nounun·be·lied, adjective

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Related Words for belied

negate, contradict, repudiate, mislead, misstate, distort, contravene, deny, disagree, negative, explode, controvert, oppose, confute, gainsay, pervert, hide, disguise, color, warp

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verb -lies, -lying or -lied (tr)
  1. to show to be untrue; contradict
  2. to misrepresent; disguise the nature ofthe report belied the real extent of the damage
  3. to fail to justify; disappoint
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Derived Formsbelier, 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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Word Origin and History for belied



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").

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