what is difference between belie and misrepresent
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bɪˈlaɪ/, /bəˈlaɪ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /bɪˈlaɪ/, /bəˈlaɪ/, /biˈlaɪ/
- Rhymes: -aɪ
From Middle English belyen, beliggen, from Old English belicgan, bilicgan (“to lie around, surround, hedge in, encompass”). Equivalent to be- (“around, by”) + lie (“to be positioned”).
belie (third-person singular simple present belies, present participle belying, simple past belay, past participle belain)
- (transitive, obsolete) To lie around; encompass.
- (transitive, obsolete, of an army) To surround; beleaguer.
From Middle English belyen, beleoȝen, from Old English belēogan (“to deceive by lying, be mistaken”), from Proto-West Germanic *bileugan (“to belie”). Equivalent to be- (“about”) + lie (“to deceive”). Compare German belügen (“to tell a lie”).
belie (third-person singular simple present belies, present participle belying, simple past and past participle belied)
- (transitive, archaic) To tell lies about. [from 13th c.]
- Synonyms: slander, calumniate
- (transitive) To give a false representation of. [from 17th c.]
- Synonym: misrepresent
- (transitive) To contradict, to show (something) to be false. [from 17th c.]
- Synonyms: contradict, give lie to, give the lie to
- (transitive, rare) To call a liar; to accuse of falsehood. [from 17th c.]
- (transitive, rare) To fill with lies; to lie to.
- (transitive, perhaps nonstandard) To conceal the contradictory or ironic presence of (something).
- (transitive, perhaps nonstandard) To show, evince or demonstrate (something) to be present, particularly something deemed contradictory or ironic.
- (obsolete) To mimic; to counterfeit.
mis- + represent
misrepresent (third-person singular simple present misrepresents, present participle misrepresenting, simple past and past participle misrepresented)
- To represent falsely; to inaccurately portray something.
- The fraudster misrepresented himself as a lawyer.
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