- The definition of belie means to contradict or misrepresent.
An example of belie is for a newspaper to provide the wrong facts about a story.
- Archaic to tell lies about
- to give a false idea of; disguise or misrepresent: his smile belies his anger
- to leave unfulfilled; disappoint: war belied hopes for peace
- to show to be untrue; prove false: her cruelty belied her kind words
Origin: Middle English bilien ; from Old English beleogan, to deceive by lying ; from be-, be- plush leogan, lie
- belier noun
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transitive verb be·lied, be·ly·ing, be·lies
- To give a false representation to; misrepresent: “He spoke roughly in order to belie his air of gentility” (James Joyce).
- To show to be false; contradict: Their laughter belied their outward grief.
Origin: Middle English bilien, from Old English belēogan, to deceive with lies; see leugh- in Indo-European roots.
- be·liˈer noun