verb (used with object), de·nied, de·ny·ing.


    deny oneself, to refrain from satisfying one's desires or needs; practice self-denial.

Origin of deny

1250–1300; Middle English denien < Old French denier < Latin dēnegāre. See denegation
Related formsde·ny·ing·ly, adverbpre·de·ny, verb (used with object), pre·de·nied, pre·de·ny··de·ny, verb (used with object), re·de·nied, re·de·ny·ing.un·de·nied, adjective
Can be confuseddeny disapprove disprove rebut refute

Synonyms for deny

Synonym study

1. Deny, contradict both imply objecting to or arguing against something. To deny is to say that something is not true: to deny an allegation. To contradict is to declare that the contrary is true: to contradict a statement.

Antonyms for deny

1. admit, accept. 3. allow. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.


    Bill Nye

  • 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.

  • Under all your serenity, your peace, and your decorum, you are an undenied sensualist.

British Dictionary definitions for undenied


verb -nies, -nying or -nied (tr)

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

C13: from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre, from negāre
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Word Origin and History for undenied



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper