transitive verb (denied; denying) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French deneier, denier, from Latin denegare, from de- + negare to deny — more at negate Date: 14th century 1. to declare untrue <
deny an allegation
2. to refuse to admit or acknowledge ; disavow <
deny responsibility
3. a. to give a negative answer to <
denying the petitioners
b. to refuse to grant <
deny a request
c. to restrain (oneself) from gratification of desires 4. archaic decline 5. to refuse to accept the existence, truth, or validity of • denyingly adverb Synonyms: deny, gainsay, contradict, contravene mean to refuse to accept as true or valid. deny implies a firm refusal to accept as true, to grant or concede, or to acknowledge the existence or claims of <
denied the charges
. gainsay implies disputing the truth of what another has said <
no one can gainsay her claims
. contradict implies an open or flat denial <
her account contradicts his
. contravene implies not so much an intentional opposition as some inherent incompatibility <
laws that contravene tradition

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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