Belie

  • 1 Belie — Be*lie , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Belied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Belying}.] [OE. bilien, bili?en, AS. bele[ o]gan; pref. be + le[ o]gan to lie. See {Lie}, n.] 1. To show to be false; to convict of, or charge with, falsehood. [1913 Webster] Their trembling …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 belie — [v1] disprove confute, contradict, contravene, controvert, deny, disaffirm, disagree, explode, gainsay, negate, negative, oppose, repudiate; concepts 54,58 Ant. attest, prove belie [v2] deceive color, conceal, disguise, distort, falsify, garble,… …

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  • 3 belie — index bear false witness, cloak, deceive, disguise, disprove, fake, falsify, feign, lie ( …

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  • 4 belie — (v.) O.E. beleogan to deceive by lies, from BE (Cf. be ) + LIE (Cf. lie) (v.1) to lie, tell lies. Current sense of to contradict as a lie is first recorded 1640s. The other verb lie once also had a formation like this, from O.E. belicgan, which… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 belie — *misrepresent, falsify, garble Analogous words: contradict, contravene, negative (see DENY): controvert, *disprove Antonyms: attest Contrasted words: *reveal, discover, disclose: *indicate, bespeak, betoken …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 belie — ► VERB (belying) 1) fail to give a true idea of. 2) show to be untrue or unjustified. ORIGIN Old English, «deceive by lying» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 belie — [bē lī′, bilī′] vt. belied, belying [ME bilien < OE beleogan, to deceive by lying < be , BE + leogan,LIE2] 1. Archaic to tell lies about 2. to give a false idea of; disguise or misrepresent [his smile belies his anger] …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 belie — UK [bɪˈlaɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms belie : present tense I/you/we/they belie he/she/it belies present participle belying past tense belied past participle belied formal 1) to make someone or something appear to be different from how… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 belie — verb Belie is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑exterior Belie is used with these nouns as the object: ↑nature …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 belie — [[t]bɪla͟ɪ[/t]] belies, belying, belied 1) VERB If one thing belies another, it hides the true situation and so creates a false idea or image of someone or something. [V n] Her looks belie her 50 years. 2) VERB If one thing belies another, it… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 belie — be|lie [ bı laı ] verb transitive VERY FORMAL to make someone or something appear to be different from how they really are: Mr. Kim s black hair belied his age. a. to seem to show that a promise, hope, statement, etc. is not true: The recent… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 belie — be•lie [[t]bɪˈlaɪ[/t]] v. t. lied, ly•ing. 1) to show to be false; contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice[/ex] 2) to give a false impression of; misrepresent 3) to be false to or disappoint: to belie one s faith[/ex] • Etymology:… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 belie — /bəˈlaɪ / (say buh luy), /bi / (say bee ) verb (t) (belied, belying) 1. to misrepresent: her face belied her thoughts. 2. to show to be false: his trembling belied his calm words. 3. to prove false to; fail to justify: to belie one s faith. 4. to …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 14 belie — transitive verb ( lied; lying) Date: before 12th century 1. a. to give a false impression of b. to present an appearance not in agreement with 2. a. to show (something) to be false or wrong b …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 belie — belier, n. /bi luy /, v.t., belied, belying. 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 …

    Universalium

  • 16 belie — Synonyms and related words: abjure, assert the contrary, be contrary to, blow sky high, blow up, burlesque, call into question, camouflage, caricature, challenge, color, conceal, contest, contradict, contravene, controvert, counter, cross,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 bélie — lobélie …

    Dictionnaire des rimes

  • 18 belie — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To mislead] Syn. give the lie to, misrepresent, disguise; see disguise , mislead . 2. [To contradict] Syn. prove false, repudiate, gainsay; see deny , refute . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. misrepresent, disguise, falsify …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 belie — be|lie [bıˈlaı] v past tense and past participle belied present participle belying [T] 1.) to give someone a false idea about something ▪ Her pleasant manner belied her true character. 2.) to show that something cannot be true or real ▪ His… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 belie — v. a. O. and N. 837 …

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