from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give a false representation to; misrepresent: "He spoke roughly in order to belie his air of gentility” ( James Joyce).
- transitive v. To show to be false; contradict: Their laughter belied their outward grief.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lie around; encompass.
- v. To surround; beleaguer.
- v. To show, evince, demonstrate: to show (something) to be present.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To show to be false; to convict of, or charge with, falsehood.
- transitive v. To give a false representation or account of.
- transitive v. To tell lie about; to calumniate; to slander.
- transitive v. To mimic; to counterfeit.
- transitive v. To fill with lies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lie around; encompass; especially, to lie around, as an army; beleaguer.
- To tell lies concerning; calumniate by false reports.
- To give the lie to; show to be false; contradict.
- To act unworthily of; fail to equal or come up to; disappoint: as, to belie one's hopes or expectations.
- To give a false representation of; conceal the true character of.
- To fill with lies.
- To counterfeit; mimic; feign resemblance to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. represent falsely
- v. be in contradiction with
But these terms belie the simplicity of what really happened.
Yea, and as for us, beloved pair of pious Emperors, shining forth from the purple, connected with the dearest names of father and son, and not allowing the name to belie the relationship, but striving to set in all other aspects also an example of superhuman love, whose preoccupation is Orthodoxy rather than pride in the imperial diadem,—it is in these things that the deed which is before our eyes instigates us to take pride.
Spectacular shots which kind of belie the danger which is involved here.
But today, "belie" has lost some of that richness, and just means "expose as a falsehood", as in, say, "The evidence belies the stated reasons for going to war."
The word "belie" seems to like shifting its meaning in baffling ways.
But a recent string of high-profile attacks that the Taliban have taken credit for belie that rosy assessment.
I once worried that it was because I had somehow developed into an emotionally detached person, but my love for my own three children and my partner belie this view.
But the facts belie such easy answers, they wrote.
While I am quite sure you sincerely believe in everything you are saying, your own words belie your professed respect for public school teachers: We can build an accountability system based on data we trust and a standard that is honest--one that recognizes and rewards great teaching, gives new or struggling teachers the support they need to succeed, and deals fairly, efficiently, and compassionately with teachers who are simply not up to the job.
But these examples belie a consistent lack of interest in, understanding of, or even downright hostility toward women's issues.