Deny
Deny De*ny", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Denied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Denying}.] [OE. denien, denaien, OF. denier, deneer, F. d['e]nier, fr. L. denegare; de- + negare to say no, deny. See {Negation}.] 1. To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; -- opposed to affirm, allow, or admit. [1913 Webster]

Note: We deny what another says, or we deny the truth of an assertion, the force of it, or the assertion itself. [1913 Webster]

2. To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to reject; to decline; to renounce. [Obs.] ``If you deny to dance.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To refuse to grant; to withhold; to refuse to gratify or yield to; as, to deny a request. [1913 Webster]

Who finds not Providence all good and wise, Alike in what it gives, and what denies? --Pope. [1913 Webster]

To some men, it is more agreeable to deny a vicious inclination, than to gratify it. --J. Edwards. [1913 Webster]

4. To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, and the like; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow. [1913 Webster]

The falsehood of denying his opinion. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

Thou thrice denied, yet thrice beloved. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

{To deny one's self}, to decline the gratification of appetites or desires; to practice self-denial. [1913 Webster]

Let him deny himself, and take up his cross. --Matt. xvi. 24. [1913 Webster]


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  • deny — deny, gainsay, contradict, negative, traverse, impugn, contravene are comparable as meaning, when they refer to an act, to declare something untrue, untenable, or unworthy of consideration or, when they refer to a condition, to go counter to what …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deny — [dē nī′, dinī′] vt. denied, denying [ME denien < OFr denier < L denegare < de , intens. + negare, to deny: see NEGATION] 1. to declare (a statement) untrue; contradict 2. to refuse to accept as true or right; reject as unfounded, unreal …   English World dictionary

  • deny — early 14c., from O.Fr. denoiir deny, repudiate, withhold, from L. denegare to deny, reject, refuse (Cf. It. dinegarre, Sp. denegar), from de away (see DE (Cf. de )) + negare refuse, say no, from Old L. nec not, from Italic base …   Etymology dictionary

  • deny — ► VERB (denies, denied) 1) refuse to admit the truth or existence of. 2) refuse to give (something requested or desired) to. 3) (deny oneself) go without. ORIGIN Old French deneier, from Latin denegare, from negare say no …   English terms dictionary

  • Deny — De*ny , v. i. To answer in ??? negative; to declare an assertion not to be true. [1913 Webster] Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. Gen. xviii. 15. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deny —   [də ni], Jean Joseph Thaddée, Orientalist, * Kiew 12. 7. 1879, ✝ Gérardmer 5. 11. 1963; Professor in Paris, verfasste wichtige Arbeiten zur türkischen Sprachforschung, osmanischen Kultur und Verwaltungsgeschichte und zur orientalischen… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • deny — [v] disagree, renounce, decline abjure, abnegate, ban, begrudge, call on, contradict, contravene, controvert, curb, disacknowledge, disallow, disavow, disbelieve, discard, disclaim, discredit, disown, disprove, doubt, enjoin from, eschew, exclude …   New thesaurus

  • deny */*/*/ — UK [dɪˈnaɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms deny : present tense I/you/we/they deny he/she/it denies present participle denying past tense denied past participle denied 1) a) to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of… …   English dictionary

  • deny — de|ny [ dı naı ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of doing: deny (that): A spokesman denied that the company had acted irresponsibly. deny (doing) something: He still denies murdering his… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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