belie vs misrepresent what difference

what is difference between belie and misrepresent


Alternative forms

  • bely


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bɪˈlaɪ/, /bəˈlaɪ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /bɪˈlaɪ/, /bəˈlaɪ/, /biˈlaɪ/
  • Rhymes: -aɪ

Etymology 1

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)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To lie around; encompass.
  2. (transitive, obsolete, of an army) To surround; beleaguer.

Etymology 2

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)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To tell lies about. [from 13th c.]
    Synonyms: slander, calumniate
  2. (transitive) To give a false representation of. [from 17th c.]
    Synonym: misrepresent
  3. (transitive) To contradict, to show (something) to be false. [from 17th c.]
    Synonyms: contradict, give lie to, give the lie to
  4. (transitive, rare) To call a liar; to accuse of falsehood. [from 17th c.]
  5. (transitive, rare) To fill with lies; to lie to.
  6. (transitive, perhaps nonstandard) To conceal the contradictory or ironic presence of (something).
  7. (transitive, perhaps nonstandard) To show, evince or demonstrate (something) to be present, particularly something deemed contradictory or ironic.
  8. (obsolete) To mimic; to counterfeit.



  • Elbie



mis- +‎ represent


misrepresent (third-person singular simple present misrepresents, present participle misrepresenting, simple past and past participle misrepresented)

  1. To represent falsely; to inaccurately portray something.
    The fraudster misrepresented himself as a lawyer.

Derived terms

  • misrepresentation


Further reading

  • misrepresent at OneLook Dictionary Search

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