belie

verb
be·​lie | \ bi-ˈlī How to pronounce belie (audio) , bē- \
belied; belying

Definition of belie

transitive verb

1a : to give a false impression of Her gentleness belies her strength.
b : to present an appearance not in agreement with His manner and appearance belie his age.
2a : to show (something) to be false or wrong The evidence belies their claims of innocence.
b : to run counter to : contradict … appeared to belie all the rosy things I had heard about it.— Katherine T. Kinkead
3 : disguise sense 3 An air of rural charm … belies the community's industrial activity.American Guide Series: Pennsylvania

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Other Words from belie

belier \ bi-​ˈlī(-​ə)r How to pronounce belie (audio) , bē-​ \ noun

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What is a lie? asked Lord Byron in Don Juan. He then answered himself: "'Tis but the truth in masquerade. . . ." The history of "belie" illustrates a certain connection between lying and disguising. In its earliest known use, around A.D. 1000, belie meant "to deceive by lying." By the 1200s, it was being used to mean "to tell lies about," using a sense similar to that of the modern word slander. Over time its meaning softened, shifting from an act of outright lying to one of mere misrepresentation, and by the early 1700s, the word was being used in the sense "to disguise or conceal." Nowadays, "belie" suggests giving an impression at variance with the facts rather than telling an intentional untruth.

Examples of belie in a Sentence

a tree whose delicate beauty belies its real toughness Their actions belie their claim to be innocent.
Recent Examples on the Web But her pirate emblems belie a cheery, open-minded-disposition. oregonlive, 5 June 2021 The stellar play and the confidence to go with it belie Young's tender age. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 29 May 2021 His poise and dependability belie his experience, which is why some might be surprised that Sunday’s matchup against the Grizzlies was the biggest game of his professional career. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021 The low barriers to entry belie the intensity and complexity of the job. Clifford Marks, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2021 But the full, fresh flavors belie the ultra-easy preparation. BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2021 But Ark’s sleek lines belie the adventure offered inside. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2021 Gangsters, drug dealing, turf wars and shootouts propel hairpin plot-twists and belie an ambitious book of ideas. Agatha French, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2021 Sustained increase in infrastructure jobs post-recession did not begin again until 2015, and the trends belie that the stimulus funding was the cause. Rajshree Agarwal, Forbes, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of belie

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for belie

Middle English belien, going back to Old English belēogan, from be- be- + lēogan "to lie entry 3"

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“Belie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/belie. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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belie

verb

English Language Learners Definition of belie

formal
: to give a false idea of (something)
: to show (something) to be false or wrong

belie

verb
be·​lie | \ bi-ˈlī How to pronounce belie (audio) \
belied; belying

Kids Definition of belie

1 : to give a false idea of Her voice was strong and even, belying her eighty-two years.— Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean
2 : to show to be false Their actions belie their claim of innocence.

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