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deny

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1 to declare not to be true

  • the congressman denied all charges of wrongdoing
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2 to be unwilling to grant

  • the director denied access to the top secret files to all but those with a need to know
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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
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wash one's hands of

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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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