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belie

be·lie

belie

 
pronunciation:
b laI
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: belied, belies, belying
definition 1: to give a false impression of.
His youthful appearance belies his age.
synonyms:
misrepresent
antonyms:
bespeak, reveal
similar words:
betray, camouflage, conceal, disguise, exaggerate, falsify, mask, understate
definition 2: to reveal the falseness of; contradict.
He makes moving speeches, but his actions belie his words.
synonyms:
contradict, disprove, refute
antonyms:
attest
similar words:
controvert, deny, gainsay, negate, repudiate
derivation: belier (n.)
Word Parts
The word belie contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.