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denial

de·ni·al

denial

 
pronunciation:
dih naI l
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a statement or assertion of the falsehood of something.
synonyms:
repudiation
antonyms:
admission
similar words:
disapproval, disclaimer, disproof
definition 2: the refusal to honor or fulfill a request.
synonyms:
refusal, rejection
antonyms:
concession
similar words:
blackball, declination, rebuff, turndown
definition 3: a refusal to accept a theory, doctrine, or belief.
synonyms:
disbelief, repudiation
antonyms:
acceptance, concession
similar words:
dissent, skepticism, unbelief
definition 4: the act of disowning or repudiating.
synonyms:
disclaiming, repudiation
similar words:
rejection, renunciation
definition 5: a state of unwillingness to mentally or emotionally accept that which is in fact true.
She is still in denial that her child has a serious learning disorder.
 
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The word denial contains the following part:
-al1 Latin noun-forming suffix that means act or result of
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The suffix -al1 attaches to verbs, primarily verbs from Latin or from Latin via French, to form nouns. The base verb always has primary stress on its final syllable.