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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contradict, belie, negateverb

    be in contradiction with

  2. misrepresent, believerb

    represent falsely

    "This statement misrepresents my intentions"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Believerb

    Etymology: from be and lie.

    Which durst, with horses hoofs that beat the ground,
    And martial brass, belie the thunder’s sound. Dryden.

    The shape of man, and imitated beast
    The walk, the words, the gesture could supply,
    The habit mimick, and the mien belie. John Dryden, Fables.

    Sure there is none but fears a future state;
    And when the most obdurate swear they do not,
    Their trembling hearts belie their boastful tongues. Dryden.

    Paint, patches, jewels laid aside,
    At night astronomers agree,
    The evening has the day belied,
    And Phyllis is some forty-three. Matthew Prior.

    ’Tis slander, whose breath
    Rides on the posting winds, and doth belie
    All corners of the world. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Thou dost belie him, Piercy, thou beliest him;
    He never did encounter with Glendower. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    Uncle, for heav’n’s sake, comfortable words. ——
    —— Should I do so, I should belie my thoughts. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    Tuscan Valerus by force o’ercame,
    And not belied his mighty father’s name. John Dryden, Æneid.

    In the dispute whate’er I said,
    My heart was by my tongue belied;
    And in my looks you might have read,
    How much I argu’d on your side. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Belienoun

    to show to be false; to convict of, or charge with, falsehood

  2. Belienoun

    to give a false representation or account of

  3. Belienoun

    to tell lie about; to calumniate; to slander

  4. Belienoun

    to mimic; to counterfeit

  5. Belienoun

    to fill with lies

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Belie

    be-lī′, v.t. to give the lie to: to speak falsely of: to present in a false character: to counterfeit: to be false to: falsify: (Shak.) to fill with lies:—pr.p. bely′ing; pa.p. belīed′. [A.S. be, and Lie.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of belie in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of belie in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of belie in a Sentence

  1. Dick Durbin:

    Virtually every major law enforcement groupsupports Vanita Gupta, you wouldn't know that would you when you hear on the floor that shewants to legalize all drugs and take money away from the police. Those simplistic statements belie the truth.

  2. President Barack Obama on Friday:

    When I hear some people say that disagreements over policy belie a general lack of support of Israel, I must object, and I object forcefully.

  3. Saint Jerome:

    Do not let your deeds belie your words, lest when you speak in church someone may say to himself, 'Why do you not practice what you preach'

  4. William Shakespeare:

    No, 'tis slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile, whose breath Rides on the posting winds, and doth belie All corners of the world.

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