belie vs negate what difference

what is difference between belie and negate


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



Borrowed from Latin negātus, past participle of negāre (to deny, refuse, decline), reduced from *nec-aiare (or a similar form), from nec (not, nor) + aiere (to say).


  • IPA(key): /nɪˈɡeɪt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪt


negate (third-person singular simple present negates, present participle negating, simple past and past participle negated)

  1. To deny the existence, evidence, or truth of; to contradict.
  2. To nullify or cause to be ineffective.
    Progress on the study has been negated by the lack of funds.
    Persecution can be negated through exposure.
  3. To be negative; bring or cause negative results.
    a pessimism that always negates
  4. (computing) To perform the NOT operation on.

Related terms

  • negative
  • negativeness
  • negativism
  • negativity
  • negation


Further reading

  • negate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • negate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • geneat



negate f pl

  1. feminine plural of negato



  1. inflection of negare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
    3. feminine plural past participle


  • agente




  1. vocative masculine singular of negātus

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