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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

belie

/bɪˈlʌɪ/