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
  1. verb
    be in contradiction with
    synonyms: contradict, negate
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    depart, deviate, diverge, vary
    be at variance with; be out of line with
  2. verb
    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
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    represent
    serve as a means of expressing something
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