- 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
Synonyms for deny
Antonyms for deny
Examples from the Web for undenied
Historical Examples of undenied
More words from Jacky were necessary—words unequivocal, undenied.Howards End
E. M. Forster
We are led to believe these statements because they remain as yet undenied.Remarks
Consider the undenied system which must prima facie produce such results.The Crime of the Congo
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A few years ago it was an undenied fact that more forest was destroyed by fire every year than by the ax.Special Days and their Observance
Under all your serenity, your peace, and your decorum, you are an undenied sensualist.The Secret of Charlotte Bront
- 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 for deny
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.