belie


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be·lie

 (bĭ-lī′)
tr.v. be·lied, be·ly·ing, be·lies
1. To give a false representation to; misrepresent: "He spoke roughly in order to belie his air of gentility" (James Joyce).
2. To show to be false; contradict: Their laughter belied their outward grief.

[Middle English bilien, from Old English belēogan, to deceive with lies; see leugh- in Indo-European roots.]

be·li′er n.

belie

(bɪˈlaɪ)
vb (tr) , -lies, -lying or -lied
1. to show to be untrue; contradict
2. to misrepresent; disguise the nature of: the report belied the real extent of the damage.
3. to fail to justify; disappoint
[Old English belēogan; related to Old Frisian biliuga, Old High German biliugan; see be-, lie1]
beˈlier n

be•lie

(bɪˈlaɪ)

v.t. -lied, -ly•ing.
1. to show to be false; contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
2. to give a false impression of; misrepresent.
3. to be false to or disappoint: to belie one's faith.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English belēogan. See be-, lie 1]
be•li′er, n.

belie


Past participle: belied
Gerund: belying

Imperative
belie
belie
Present
I belie
you belie
he/she/it belies
we belie
you belie
they belie
Preterite
I belied
you belied
he/she/it belied
we belied
you belied
they belied
Present Continuous
I am belying
you are belying
he/she/it is belying
we are belying
you are belying
they are belying
Present Perfect
I have belied
you have belied
he/she/it has belied
we have belied
you have belied
they have belied
Past Continuous
I was belying
you were belying
he/she/it was belying
we were belying
you were belying
they were belying
Past Perfect
I had belied
you had belied
he/she/it had belied
we had belied
you had belied
they had belied
Future
I will belie
you will belie
he/she/it will belie
we will belie
you will belie
they will belie
Future Perfect
I will have belied
you will have belied
he/she/it will have belied
we will have belied
you will have belied
they will have belied
Future Continuous
I will be belying
you will be belying
he/she/it will be belying
we will be belying
you will be belying
they will be belying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been belying
you have been belying
he/she/it has been belying
we have been belying
you have been belying
they have been belying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been belying
you will have been belying
he/she/it will have been belying
we will have been belying
you will have been belying
they will have been belying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been belying
you had been belying
he/she/it had been belying
we had been belying
you had been belying
they had been belying
Conditional
I would belie
you would belie
he/she/it would belie
we would belie
you would belie
they would belie
Past Conditional
I would have belied
you would have belied
he/she/it would have belied
we would have belied
you would have belied
they would have belied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.belie - be in contradiction with
depart, deviate, vary, diverge - be at variance with; be out of line with
2.belie - represent falselybelie - represent falsely; "This statement misrepresents my intentions"
sentimentalize, sentimentalise - look at with sentimentality or turn into an object of sentiment; "Don't sentimentalize the past events"
distort, falsify, garble, warp - make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
dissemble, feign, pretend, sham, affect - make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
represent - serve as a means of expressing something; "The flower represents a young girl"

belie

verb
2. disprove, deny, expose, discredit, contradict, refute, repudiate, negate, invalidate, rebut, give the lie to, make a nonsense of, gainsay (archaic or literary), prove false, blow out of the water (slang), controvert, confute The facts of the situation belie his testimony.

belie

verb
1. To give an inaccurate view of by representing falsely or misleadingly:
Idiom: give a false coloring to.
2. To prove or show to be false:
Translations
يعطي فكرة يُعْطي فِكْرَةُ خاطِئَةً عن
být v rozporuklamatpopírat
skjuletilsløre
meghazudtol
gefa ranga hugmynd
neparodytislėpti
radīt nepatiesu priekšstaturunāt pretī
yalancı çıkarmakyanlış izlenim bırakmak

belie

[bɪˈlaɪ] VT (= fail to justify) [+ hopes etc] → defraudar; (= prove false) [+ words] → contradecir, desmentir

belie

[bɪˈlaɪ] vt
(= disprove) → démentir
(= give false impression of) → tromper sur

belie

vt
(= prove false) words, proverbLügen strafen, widerlegen
(= give false impression of)hinwegtäuschen über (+acc)
(= fail to justify) hopesenttäuschen

belie

[bɪˈlaɪ] vt (prove false) → smentire; (give false impression of) → nascondere

belie

(biˈlai) present participle beˈlying: past participle beˈlied verb
to give a false idea or impression of (something). His innocent face belies his cunning.
References in classic literature ?
However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us.
For, thought Ahab, while even the highest earthly felicities ever have a certain unsignifying pettiness lurking in them, but, at bottom, all heart-woes, a mystic significance, and, in some men, an archangelic grandeur; so do their diligent tracings-out not belie the obvious deduction.
I think you belie her,' said Heathcliff, twisting his chair to face them.
I fear you not, Sir Knight,'' replied Rebecca, although her short-drawn breath seemed to belie the heroism of her accents my trust is strong, and I fear thee not.
His character and appearance were brutal, nor did they belie his brawn.
It was with reluctance that he suffered her to go; but there was no look of despair in parting to belie his words, or give her hopes of his being less unreasonable than he professed himself.
The nation which consented to the overthrow and death of the late king, the father of this one, and which will not be willing to belie its acts.
That he does not belie them will be evidenced hereafter, when we have occasion again to touch at Wishram and navigate the rapids.
Though human, thou didst not deceive me, Though woman, thou didst not forsake, Though loved, thou forborest to grieve me, Though slandered, thou never couldst shake, -- Though trusted, thou didst not disclaim me, Though parted, it was not to fly, Though watchful, 'twas not to defame me, Nor mute, that the world might belie.
None other than that I would not belie my troth, root out my strong love for him who marches with the legions of the cross in Holy Land, (for O, he is not dead
Therefore come straightway with me hard by to the Sign of the Blue Boar, and if thou drinkest as thou appearest--and I wot thou wilt not belie thy looks--I will drench thy throat with as good homebrewed as ever was tapped in all broad Nottinghamshire.
We do not fade and decay here as you tell me those of your planet do, though you, yourself, belie your own words.