belie /bɪˈlʌɪ/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. (of an appearance) fail to give a true impression of (something)

his lively, alert manner belied his years.
2. fail to fulfil or justify (a claim or expectation)

the quality of the music seems to belie the criticism.
– origin Old English belēogan ‘deceive by lying’, from be- ‘about’ + lēogan ‘to lie’. Current senses date from the 17th cent.

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