- to show to be untrue; contradict
- to misrepresent; disguise the nature of
- to fail to justify; disappoint
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
- to give a false impression of:Her clear features and dark hair belied her age.
- to show to be false;
contradict:His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
- to misrepresent:The newspaper belied the facts.
- to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one's ancestry, one's faith, etc.).
- [Archaic.]to lie about;
- Middle English belyen, Old English belēogan. See be-, lie1 bef. 1000
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged refute, disprove, controvert, repudiate, confute, gainsay.
- 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See misrepresent.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged prove, verify, support.