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.

Nearby words

  1. belgrade,
  2. belgrano,
  3. belgrano, manuel,
  4. belgravia,
  5. belial,
  6. belief,
  7. believability,
  8. believable,
  9. believe,
  10. believe it or not

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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British Dictionary definitions for belying

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 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 belying

belie

v.

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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