Deny Definition

denied, denies, denying
denied, denies, denying
To declare (a statement) untrue; contradict.
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To refuse to accept as true or right; reject as unfounded, unreal, etc.
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To refuse to acknowledge as one's own; disown; repudiate.
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To refuse the use of or access to.
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To refuse to grant or give.
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deny oneself
  • to do without desired things
  • to abstain from
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Origin of Deny

  • From Old French denoier (“to deny, to repudiate”) (French dénier), from Latin denegare (“to deny, to refuse”), from de- (“away”) and negare (“to refuse”), the latter ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ne (“no, not”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English denien from Old French denier from Latin dēnegāre dē- de- negāre to say no ne in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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