in denial
phrasal refusing to admit the truth or reality of something unpleasant <
a patient in denial about his health problems
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • denial */ — UK [dɪˈnaɪəl] / US noun Word forms denial : singular denial plural denials 1) [countable/uncountable] a statement that something is not true or did not happen a strong/vehement/strenuous denial of something: The company has issued a strong denial …   English dictionary

  • denial — [[t]dɪna͟ɪ͟əl[/t]] denials 1) N VAR: oft N of n A denial of something is a statement that it is not true, does not exist, or did not happen. It seems clear that despite official denials, differences of opinion lay behind the Ambassador s decision …   English dictionary

  • denial — de|ni|al [ dı naıəl ] noun * 1. ) count or uncount a statement that something is not true or did not happen: a strong/vehement/strenuous denial of something: The company has issued a strong denial of responsibility for the mistake. 2. ) uncount… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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