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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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How does the verb deny differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of deny are contradict, contravene, and gainsay. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use contradict instead of deny?

The meanings of contradict and deny largely overlap; however, contradict implies an open or flat denial.

her account contradicts his

When can contravene be used instead of deny?

The words contravene and deny are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, contravene implies not so much an intentional opposition as some inherent incompatibility.

laws that contravene tradition

When could gainsay be used to replace deny?

The synonyms gainsay and deny are sometimes interchangeable, but gainsay implies disputing the truth of what another has said.

no one can gainsay her claims

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The first known use of deny was in the 14th century

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“Deny.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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