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belie
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Moby Dick
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as in: his smile belied his treachery Define
to give a false impression; or be in contradiction with
  • Thou beliest thine own heart, Peleg.

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  • His gruff demeanor belies a soft heart.
  • But it is the fault of our rhetoric that we cannot strongly state one fact without seeming to belie some other.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series

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unspecified meaning
  • However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us.
  • For, thought Ahab, while even the highest earthly felicities ever have a certain unsignifying pettiness lurking in them, but, at bottom, all heartwoes, a mystic significance, and, in some men, an archangelic grandeur; so do their diligent tracings-out not belie the obvious deduction.

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as in: his smile belied his treachery Define
to give a false impression; or be in contradiction with
as in: the loss belied our confidence Define
to show something to be false or unfounded
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