- to state that (something declared or believed to be true) is not true: to deny an accusation.
- to refuse to agree or accede to: to deny a petition.
- to withhold the possession, use, or enjoyment of: to deny access to secret information.
- to withhold something from, or refuse to grant a request of: to deny a beggar.
- to refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disown; disavow; repudiate: to deny one's gods.
- to withhold (someone) from accessibility to a visitor: The secretary denied his employer to all those without appointments.
- Obsolete. to refuse to take or accept.
- deny oneself, to refrain from satisfying one's desires or needs; practice self-denial.
Origin of deny
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Related Wordsrefuse, revoke, refute, contradict, withhold, oppose, reject, ban, rebuff, repudiate, disbelieve, curb, negate, exclude, disown, forgo, abjure, negative, forbid, discredit
Examples from the Web for denied
When I put their allegations to Epstein, he denied them and went into overdrive.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
Denied parole nine straight times, he insists he is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Undeterred by the snub in November, and denied a visa to Italy, Agca made plans for clandestine travel to Vatican City.Pope-Shooter Ali Agca’s Very Weird Vatican Visit
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 29, 2014
But LGBT people can still be fired or denied housing in 29 states.State of LGBT Rights: Married on Sunday, but Fired on Monday
December 14, 2014
While difficult to estimate exact numbers, thousands of Americans die every year because of delayed or denied claims.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
It cannot be denied that he has often made good use of his influence.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But the danger which arises from ignorance in the voter can not be denied.
The government admitted the distress, but denied that it was increasing.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The physical facts couldn't be denied, and beyond the physical facts I could discern nothing.The Conquest of Fear
What is left for the sovereign power to decide on, if this right be denied him?A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
- to declare (an assertion, statement, etc) to be untruehe denied that he had killed her
- to reject as false; refuse to accept or believe
- to withhold; refuse to give
- to refuse to fulfil the requests or expectations ofit is hard to deny a child
- to refuse to acknowledge or recognize; disown; disavowthe baron denied his wicked son
- to refuse (oneself) things desired
Word Origin and History for denied
early 14c., from Old French denoiir "deny, repudiate, withhold," from Latin denegare "to deny, reject, refuse" (source of Italian dinegarre, Spanish denegar), from de- "away" (see de-) + negare "refuse, say 'no,' " from Old Latin nec "not," from Italic base *nek- "not," from PIE root *ne- "no, not" (see un-). Related: Denied; denying.