Definition of belie in English:


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Pronunciation: /bɪˈlʌɪ

verb (belies, belying, belied)

[with object]
1(Of an appearance) fail to give a true impression of (something): his lively, alert manner belied his years
More example sentences
  • Teresa's youthful appearance certainly belies her age and we wish her continued good health…
  • Its exotic appearance belies the toughness and reliability of its nature.
  • He may look like a rugged hillwalker, well-built and bearded - but his appearance belies the truth.
contradict, be at odds with, call into question, give the lie to, show/prove to be false;
informal shoot full of holes, shoot down (in flames)
conceal, cover, disguise, misrepresent, falsify, distort, warp, put a spin on, colour;
give a false idea of, give a false account of
2Fail to fulfil or justify (a claim or expectation): the quality of the music seems to belie the criticism
More example sentences
  • These figures belie the constantly repeated claims of mass popular support for the brutal war.
  • Already, we have encountered many instances that would belie any such claim.
  • The strong shows of support for him belied claims that the party was falling apart without its leader.


Old English belēogan 'deceive by lying', from be- 'about' + lēogan 'to lie'. Current senses date from the 17th century.

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