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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BELYING

Toward herself, in particular, his feelings were too deep for him to succeed in belying them.

You're a rum fellow, to belying out on the beach on a cold night.

Insisting on a future, he could not do homage to the belying simulacrum of the present.

He was on his guard directly, and said coldly, "You have been belying me to my very clerk."

He glanced at her and their eyes met, the reproach in his own belying his words.

Hal looked Mike over, and saw that his dirty old face was drawn and white, belying the feeble cheerfulness of his words.

The black swan was thought remarkable when discovered, as belying an old Latin proverb.

They returned and were hooted for belying the bellicose by their mission, and interpreting too well the peaceful.

He looked at her, his bold eyes challenging, belying the amiable gentleness of his smile.

The Boches took a pride in belying these stories, as best they could, by keeping the hound sleek and fat.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English beleogan "to deceive by lies," from be- + lie (v.1) "to lie, tell lies." Current sense of "to contradict as a lie" is first recorded 1640s. The other verb lie once also had a formation like this, from Old English belicgan, which meant "to encompass, beleaguer," and in Middle English was a euphemism for "to have sex with" (i.e. "to lie with carnally").

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.