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 ?
there came a burst, not of sighs, or anything belying his delicacy or good breeding, but of some two dozen stitches in one of his stockings, that made it look like a window-lattice.
Had I seen you, I should probably have stammered out something feeble and unsatisfactory--something belying my feelings rather than explaining them; so it is perhaps as well that I was denied admission to your presence.
Toward herself, in particular, his feelings were too deep for him to succeed in belying them.
I have the pleasure of being already acquainted, if the countess remembers me," said Prince Andrew with a low and courteous bow quite belying Peronskaya's remarks about his rudeness, and approaching Natasha he held out his arm to grasp her waist before he had completed his invitation.
Even those born governors, noble and right honourable creatures, who have been the most imbecile in high places, have uniformly shown themselves the most opposed (sometimes in belying distrust, sometimes in vapid insolence) to THEIR employer.
GLENCALVIE was given a positive ride by Ian Mongan to make all in the final race at Lingfield yesterday, being eased up near the finish, belying odds of 33-1 in the process.
But the gags remain ebulliently frothy, belying the men's actual suffering.