[ bih-lahy ]
See synonyms for: beliebeliesbelying on

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.

  1. to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one's ancestry, one's faith, etc.).

  2. Archaic. to lie about; slander.

Origin of belie

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

synonym study For belie

1, 2. See misrepresent.

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Other words from belie

  • be·li·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use belie in a sentence

  • Belying his war-like aspect he was harnessed to a child's express wagon which was loaded with milk cans and baskets.

    Ethel Morton at Chautauqua | Mabell S. C. Smith
  • She murmured many apologies, but the genius of fun danced in her saucy, almost impertinent eyes, belying her regretful words.

    Hoosier Mosaics | Maurice Thompson

British Dictionary definitions for belie


/ (bɪˈlaɪ) /

verb-lies, -lying or -lied (tr)
  1. to show to be untrue; contradict

  2. to misrepresent; disguise the nature of: the report belied the real extent of the damage

  1. to fail to justify; disappoint

Origin of belie

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

Derived forms of belie

  • belier, noun

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