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1  —as in:
his smile belied his treachery
Definition to give a false impression; or be in contradiction with
  • His gruff demeanor belies a soft heart.
belies = is in contradiction with
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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
  •   "I come to do the Devil's work. I come to counsel Christians they should belie themselves."
      His sarcasm collapses.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • belie = give a false impression of
  • ...and he dug with an earnestness which belied the knowledge he must have had that no dog had ever caught a squirrel by digging in a hole.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • belied = gave a false impression regarding; or was in contradiction with
  • they have belied a lady
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • belied = given false impression of
  • Thou dost belie her
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • belie = give a false impression of
  • Thou dost belie him,
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • belie = give a false impression of
  • His afterthoughts belie his first resolve.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • He struck me as stupid, and yet the deftness with which he worked with his one hand seemed to belie his stupidity.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII

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2  —as in:
the loss belied our confidence
Definition to show something to be false or unfounded
  • Her actions belie her words.
belie = to show something to be false or unfounded
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • History belies the stereotype.
  • belies = to show something to be false or unfounded
  • It was with reluctance that he suffered her to go; but there was no look of despair in parting to belie his words, or give her hopes of his being less unreasonable than he professed himself.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • belie = show to be false
  • Harker smiled, actually smiled, the dark, bitter smile of one who is without hope, but at the same time his action belied his words, for his hands instinctively sought the hilt of the great Kukri knife and rested there.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • belied = showed to be false
  • "I think you belie her," said Heathcliff, twisting his chair to face them.
    Bronte, Emily  --  Wuthering Heights

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