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deny

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of deny

  1. 1 to declare not to be true the congressman denied all charges of wrongdoing Synonyms of deny contradict, disaffirm, disallow, disavow, disclaim, disconfirm, disown, gainsay, negate, negative, refute, reject, repudiate Words Related to deny traverse; challenge, confute, disprove, rebut; disagree (with), dispute Near Antonyms of deny accept, adopt, embrace, espouse; affirm, announce, assert, aver, claim, declare, maintain, profess, submit; authenticate, corroborate, substantiate, validate, verify Antonyms of deny acknowledge, admit, allow, avow, concede, confirm, own

  2. 2 to be unwilling to grant the director denied access to the top secret files to all but those with a need to know Synonyms of deny decline, disallow, disapprove, negative, nix, refuse, reject, reprobate, withhold Words Related to deny ban, enjoin, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto; rebuff, repel, spurn; check, constrain, curb, hold, keep, repress, restrain, restrict; balk (at), hinder, impede, obstruct Near Antonyms of deny afford, furnish, give, provide, supply; authorize, commission, license (also licence); accede (to), acquiesce, agree (to), assent (to), consent (to), warrant; accord, sanction, vouchsafe Antonyms of deny allow, concede, grant, let, OK (or okay), permit

  3. 3 to refuse to acknowledge as one's own or as one's responsibility in a futile attempt to get out of the contract, he even denied his own signature Synonyms of deny disclaim, disavow, disown, repudiateWords Related to deny contradict, disallow, gainsay, negate, negative, refuse, reject; challenge, confute, criticize, disprove, rebut, refute; dispute, question; abdicate, abjure, recant, renounce, retractNear Antonyms of deny accept, adopt, embrace, espouse; admit, concede, confess, grant; affirm, announce, assert, aver, declare, maintain, profess, submit; authenticate, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, validate, verifyAntonyms of deny acknowledge, avow, claim, own, recognize

Synonym Discussion of deny

deny, gainsay, contradict, contravene mean to refuse to accept as true or valid. deny implies a firm refusal to accept as true, to grant or concede, or to acknowledge the existence or claims of.
    • denied the charges
gainsay implies disputing the truth of what another has said.
    • no one can gainsay her claims
contradict implies an open or flat denial.
    • her account contradicts his
contravene implies not so much an intentional opposition as some inherent incompatibility.
    • laws that contravene tradition


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