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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Definitions for belie

  1. to show to be false; contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
  2. to misrepresent: The newspaper belied the facts.
  3. to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one's ancestry, one's faith, etc.).

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Citations for belie
“We are home,” he said. “It is all right here.” His voice belied his words. I wanted to check if he had the medicine he needed for his heart condition, but the call dropped. Basharat Peer, "Waters Close Over Kashmir," The New Yorker, September 23, 2014
Although she must have known that she was considered something of a beauty in the Valley, the very way she walked into a room belied that knowledge, announced her certain faith in her inability to please. Joan Didion, Run River, 1963
Origin of belie
Belie entered English prior to 1000, and is formed with the prefix be- meaning "around," and the verb lie meaning "to speak falsely."