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belie
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Much Ado About Nothing
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as in: his smile belied his treachery Define
to give a false impression; or be in contradiction with
  • they have belied a lady
  • No, not so, villain; thou beliest thyself: Here stand a pair of honourable men; A third is fled, that had a hand in it.

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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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  • O! on my soul, my cousin is belied!
  • My soul doth tell me Hero is belied; And that shall Claudio know; so shall the prince, And all of them that thus dishonour her.

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  • I say thou hast belied mine innocent child: Thy slander hath gone through and through her heart, And she lied buried with her ancestors; O! in a tomb where never scandal slept, Save this of hers, fram’d by thy villany!

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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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