V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to contradict or show to be untrue; 2. to give a misleading or false impression

Synonyms: misrepresent, contradict, disprove, mask, refute, conceal

Antonyms: attest, affirm

Tips: Belie comes from the Old English word beleogan, which means "to deceive by lying." When something belies something else, it often conceals it, resulting in deception. Memory trick: belie means to "be lying" about the true nature of something.

Usage Examples:

The happy faces of the children belie their dire poverty. (mask, conceal)

The long-lasting, loving relationship my grandparents share seems to belie the fact that marriage is difficult and full of ups-and-downs. (contradict, conceal)

Her smile belied the fact that she was grieving the loss of her husband. (concealed, contradicted)

Your statements of approval belie the fact that you voted against this resolution. (misrepresent, contradict, conceal)

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