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belie Explained

belie at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


belie at English irregular forms Of Explained:

only son

belie at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. beleogan "to deceive," from be- + lie (1) "to lie, tell lies." Current sense of "to contradict as a lie" is first recorded 1649. See lie. The other verb lie once also had a formation like this, from O.E. belicgan, which meant "to encompass, beleaguer," and in M.E. was a euphemism for "to have sex with" (i.e. "to lie with carnally"). ///

belie at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

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 cheerful smile belied his words.//

belie at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

95 Moby Thesaurus words for "belie":
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, deflate, deny, disaffirm, disallow,
disavow, disclaim, disconfirm, discredit, disguise, disown,
disprove, dispute, distort, dress up, embellish, embroider,
exaggerate, explode, expose, falsify, forswear, fudge, gainsay,
garble, gild, gloss, gloss over, hide, impugn, invalidate,
join issue upon, mask, miscite, miscolor, misquote, misreport,
misrepresent, misstate, misteach, negate, negative, not accept,
not admit, nullify, oppose, oppugn, overdraw, overstate, parody,
pervert, prove the contrary, puncture, rebut, recant,
refuse to admit, refute, reject, renounce, repudiate, retract,
revoke, show up, slant, strain, take back, take issue with,
titivate, traverse, travesty, trick out, twist, undercut,
understate, varnish, warp, whitewash, wrench

Belie at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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,

Their trembling hearts belie their boastful tongues.

2. To give a false representation or account of.

Should I do so, I should belie my thoughts. --Shak.

3. To tell lie about; to calumniate; to slander.

Thou dost belie him, Percy, thou dost belie him.

4. To mimic; to counterfeit. [Obs.] --Dryden.

5. To fill with lies. [Obs.] ``The breath of slander doth
belie all corners of the world.'' --Shak.

belie at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: be in contradiction with [syn: {contradict}, {negate}]
2: represent falsely; "This statement misrepresents my
intentions" [syn: {misrepresent}]
[also: {belying}]

belie at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: was wotd » 2007|July|26


Alternative forms

* Inter: onym » en|bely


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /bɪˈlʌɪ/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /bɪˈlaɪ/|/bəˈlaɪ/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-belie.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » aɪ

    Etymology 1

    From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » belyen|lang=enm, Inter: term » beliggen|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » belicgan|lang=ang, Inter: term » bilicgan||to lie around, surround, hedge in, encompass|lang=ang, equivalent to Inter: prefix » be|t1=around, by|lie|tr2=to be positioned|lang=en. Cognate with German Inter: term » beliegen|lang=de.


    Inter: en-verb » belies|belying|belay|belain

  • Inter: transitive » obsolete To lie around; encompass.
    1. Inter: transitive » obsolete|of an army To surround; beleaguer.

      Etymology 2

      From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » belyen|lang=enm, Inter: term » beleoȝen|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » beleogan|belēogan|to deceive by lying, be mistaken|lang=ang, equivalent to Inter: prefix » be|t1=about|lie|tr2=to deceive|lang=en. Cognate with Inter: etyl » ofs|- Inter: term » biliaga||to belie|lang=ofs, Inter: etyl » nl|- Inter: term » beliegen||to belie|lang=nl, Inter: etyl » de|- Inter: term » belügen||to lie to|lang=de, Inter: etyl » sv|- Inter: term » beljuga||to tell lies about|lang=sv.


      Inter: en-verb » bel|y|ing

  • Inter: transitiv » e To tell lies about; to slander. Inter: defdate » from 13th c.
  • Inter: transitiv » e To give a false representation of, to misrepresent. Inter: defdate » from 17th c.
  • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.6.iv:
  • : He found it by experience, and made good use of it in his own person, if Plutarch belie him not ....
  • Inter: transitiv » e To contradict, to show (something) to be false. Inter: defdate » from 17th c.
  • : Her obvious nervousness belied what she said.
  • Inter: transitive » perhaps|_|nonstandard To show, evince, demonstrate: to show (something) to be present.
  • 1993, Carol A. Mossman, Politics and Narratives of Birth: Gynocolonization from Rousseau to Zola, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-41586-6, page 28:
  • : A host of evidence is adduced by the accused, evidence whose sometimes self-contradictory nature belies a certain desperation.
    * Inter: sense » to give a false representation misrepresent
  • Inter: sense » to tell lies about calumniate
  • Inter: sense » to contradict or show to be false contradict, give lie to, give the lie to
    Inter: trans-top » to give a false representation
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|давам невярна представа за
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|искажать

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Spanish: representar mal

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to tell lies about
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|оклеветявам

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|оклеветать, Inter: t+ » ru|оболгать

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to contradict or show to be false
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|ناقض
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|опровергавам
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|verloochenen
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|démentir
    • German: hinwegtäuschen über
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|διαστρέφω|tr=diastrépho

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|הסתיר
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|smentire
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|desmentir
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|противоречить, Inter: t+ » ru|опровергать
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|desmentir
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|motsäga

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » belie
    Translation: fa » belie
    Translation: ko » belie
    Translation: io » belie
    Translation: kn » belie
    Translation: hu » belie
    Translation: ml » belie
    Translation: my » belie
    Translation: pl » belie
    Translation: fi » belie
    Translation: ta » belie
    Translation: te » belie
    Translation: vi » belie
    Translation: zh » belie