belie

To belie means to contradict. If you are 93 but look like you are 53, then your young looks belie your age.

We get belie from the Old English beleogan, which meant "to deceive by lying." It suggests characteristics or behavior that inadvertently or deliberately hide the truth. To remember it, just think "be lying." Snow White's decision to barge into the Seven Dwarfs' home without invitation belied her gentle nature.

DEFINITIONS OF: belie

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v be in contradiction with

Synonyms:
contradict, negate
Type of:
depart, deviate, diverge, vary
be at variance with; be out of line with

v represent falsely

Synonyms:
misrepresent
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sentimentalise, sentimentalize
look at with sentimentality or turn into an object of sentiment
distort, falsify, garble, warp
make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
affect, dissemble, feign, pretend, sham
make believe with the intent to deceive
mangle, murder, mutilate
alter so as to make unrecognizable
play possum
to pretend to be dead
take a dive
pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer
bull, bullshit, fake, talk through one's hat
speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths
mouth
articulate silently; form words with the lips only
Type of:
represent
serve as a means of expressing something
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