[dey-mahn-tee; French dey-mahn-tee]

noun, plural dé·men·tis [dey-mahn-teez; French dey-mahn-tee] /deɪˈmɑn tiz; French deɪ mɑ̃ˈti/.

an official denial by a government of actions, aims, etc., ascribed to it.

Origin of démenti

1585–95; < French: literally, contradiction, past participle of démentir to deny, Old French desmentir, equivalent to des- dis-1 + mentir to lie < Latin mentīrī
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