A Word A Day : Belie
Word of 1st June 2007: A Word A Day-Belie
Belie( Verb )Belie
(bi LYE) v: to give a false impression of, to contradict
• Melvin's smile belied
the grief he was feeling. Despite his happy expression he was terribly sad inside.
• The messy appearance of the banquet table belied
the huge effort that had gone into setting it up.
• A word that is sometimes confused with belie
is betray. To rework the first example above:
• Melvin was smiling, but a small tear in one eye betrayed the grief he was feeling.
• The fact that the groom kept his fingers crossed during the wedding ceremony betrayed his true feelings about his bride. The loving look he gave his bride belied
his true feelings.
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