American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that denies: a denier of harsh realities.
- n. A unit of fineness for rayon, nylon, and silk fibers, based on a standard mass per length of 1 gram per 9,000 meters of yarn.
- n. A small coin of varying composition and value current in western Europe from the eighth century until the French Revolution.
- n. Archaic A small, trifling sum.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who denies or contradicts.
- n. One who refuses or rejects.
- n. One who disowns; one who refuses to own, avow, or acknowledge.
- n. A silver coin (also called the norus denarius) introduced by the Carolingian dynasty into France, and soon issued, with varying types and legends, by other countries. It weighed about 22 grains, and was practically the sole silver coin of western Europe till the middle of the twelfth century. In England the corresponding silver coin was called a penny. The name denier d'Aquitaine was given by Edward III. of England to a silver coin (see cut above) struck for his French dominions.
- n. A unit of weight in the French system, in use before 1812, equal to 19⅔ troy grains.
- n. A unit of weight for silk yarns, equal to about 8⅕ troy grains.
- To obtain the fineness or size of (a silk thread) in deniers.
- n. now historical An old French coin worth one-twelfth of a sou.
- n. A unit of weight which indicates the fineness of fiber or yarn, equal to one gram per 9000 meters, used especially to measure or indicate the fineness of hosiery.
- n. Person who denies something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who denies.
- n. A small copper coin of insignificant value.
- n. any of various former European coins of different denominations
- n. one who denies
- n. a unit of measurement for the fineness of silk or nylon or rayon
- to deny + -er. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English denere, a coin, from Old French dener, from Latin dēnārius; see denarius. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the day when the deputies of the communes entered an assembly, and seated themselves beside the first two orders, the new comer, by virtue of the situation and rank occupied, took the name of third order; and as our fathers used to speak of the third denier (_tiers denier_), and the third day (_tierce journee_), so they must have spoken of the (_tiers-etat_) third estate.”
“Hence the term denier, which neatly encapsulates their flat refusal to face facts.”
“Funnily enough the term denier is not a scientific one, it is one used in normal discourse to describe what could probably be whipped up into a phsychological diagnosis.”
“The fact that he has placed that moron Michin as chief climate change denier is very bizarre.”
“Fred Singer, another long-term denier said: "I applaud and support what is being done by the Project -- a very difficult but important undertaking.”
“I don't know that anyone can in good faith deny that there's an issue in the number of women being published in genre fiction unless the denier is claiming that fiction written by men differs in some quantifiable way from that written by women.”
“The word denier has the connotation of being a Holocaust denier. "anti-Semite”
“None among [them] welcome the term "denier" - a hateful word that I used ironically, but perhaps ill-advisedly.”
“Finally, I asked him why he was calling his friend a "denier" - ie. someone on the same level as one who denies that the Nazi Holocaust occurred.”
“But I’d strongly recommend that the rest of the folks here check it out — pretty much everything that a mindless global-warming denier is likely to spew is thoroughly debunked there.”
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