Definition of belie in English:

belie

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1(of an appearance) fail to give a true impression of (something)

    ‘his lively, alert manner belied his years’
    • ‘His impressive list of credits belies his young age.’
    • ‘Teresa's youthful appearance certainly belies her age and we wish her continued good health…’
    • ‘Its exotic appearance belies the toughness and reliability of its nature.’
    • ‘Its clearly German exterior belies its delicate interior.’
    • ‘His rather unimpressive exterior belied the terrible power he could wield.’
    • ‘It was all very quaint, belying the ultra-modern appearance of the boat's exterior, but it was no less impressive.’
    • ‘He may look like a rugged hillwalker, well-built and bearded - but his appearance belies the truth.’
    • ‘Sassy, brash, with a tough exterior that belies her soft heart, Scarlett Adams is the kind of role that comes along once in a lifetime.’
    • ‘At first glance, Liu's appearance belies the importance of her new job.’
    • ‘Her direct manner belies the cozy atmosphere of her pub, where women chat and snuggle comfortably.’
    • ‘It must be said that her appearance belies her age and she dresses extremely sharply.’
    • ‘His tone of voice and the look in his eyes completely belied his words.’
    • ‘Though his eyes were beginning to dance with a glee that completely belied the tears upon his face.’
    • ‘His dapper appearance and smile belied an awkward personality.’
    • ‘His gruff manner always belied a kindness in him that all his close friends knew he had.’
    • ‘Amy asked in an excited tone belying her true feelings.’
    • ‘I was a first year medical student when I first realized that outward appearances occasionally belie the truth.’
    • ‘Other stunts were also impressive and belied the low budget of the film overall.’
    • ‘The brilliance of the sun belied the low temperature.’
    • ‘But her casual appearance belies a steely core of ambition and determination.’
    contradict, be at odds with, call into question, give the lie to, prove to be false, show to be false
    conceal, cover, disguise, misrepresent, falsify, distort, warp, put a spin on, colour
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  • 2Fail to fulfil or justify (a claim or expectation)

    ‘the quality of the music seems to belie the criticism’
    • ‘The strong shows of support for him belied claims that the party was falling apart without its leader.’
    • ‘I nodded again with an expression belying that statement.’
    • ‘The casualness of these statements belied what I considered to be an exacting exchange system.’
    • ‘In fact, the appearance tends to belie the reality.’
    • ‘But, this is belied by their own statements, and the truth.’
    • ‘Indeed, social history's capacity to generate new topics belies some of the common criticisms of the field.’
    • ‘But their political views and their actions belie that claim.’
    • ‘The company is rated top for popularity, belying its comparatively small market share.’
    • ‘Berlow's review of the memos themselves, however, belied that claim.’
    • ‘These figures belie the constantly repeated claims of mass popular support for the brutal war.’
    • ‘Their claim to be non-racial is belied by their actions.’
    • ‘Already, we have encountered many instances that would belie any such claim.’
    • ‘The administration's record on major choices about international law belies that claim.’
    • ‘In other words, he has been able to persuade them to view him uncritically despite the reality belying what is projected.’

Origin

Old English belēogan ‘deceive by lying’, from be- ‘about’ + lēogan ‘to lie’. Current senses date from the 17th century.

Pronunciation

belie

/bɪˈlʌɪ/