American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To declare untrue; contradict.
- v. To refuse to believe; reject.
- v. To refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disavow.
- v. To decline to grant or allow; refuse: deny the student's request; denied the prisoner food or water.
- v. To give a refusal to; turn down or away: The protesters were determined not to be denied.
- v. To restrain (oneself) especially from indulgence in pleasures.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To say “no” or “nay” to; gainsay; contradict.
- To declare to be untrue or untenable; reject as false or erroneous; refuse to admit, accept, or believe: as, to deny an accusation, or the truth of a statement or a theory; to deny a, doctrine.
- To refuse; refuse to grant or give; withhold or withhold from: as, to deny bread to the hungry; to deny a request.
- To reject as non-existent or unreal; refuse to believe in the existence of; disallow the reality of.
- To refuse access to; keep from being seen; withhold from view or intercourse: as, he denied himself to visitors.
- To refuse to acknowledge; disavow; renounce; disown.
- To forbid.
- To contradict; repel; disprove.
- Synonyms To disclaim, renounce, abjure.
- To answer in the negative; refuse to comply.
- n. Denial.
- v. transitive To not allow.
- v. transitive To assert that something is not true.
- v. transitive To disallow
- v. transitive to refuse to give or grant something to someone
- v. sports, transitive To prevent from scoring.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; -- opposed to
affirm, allow, or admit.
- v. obsolete To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to reject; to decline; to renounce.
- v. To refuse to grant; to withhold; to refuse to gratify or yield to.
- v. To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, and the like; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow.
- v. To answer in ��� negative; to declare an assertion not to be true.
- v. refuse to let have
- v. deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
- v. refuse to recognize or acknowledge
- v. declare untrue; contradict.
- v. refuse to grant, as of a petition or request
- v. refuse to accept or believe
- v. deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
- Middle English denien, from Old French denier, from Latin dēnegāre : dē-, de- + negāre, to say no; see ne in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But whosoever shall deny me before men, _him will I also deny_ before my Father which is in heaven "(Ibid, 32, 33).”
“Had Congress wished to bar private employers from discriminating against debtors in their hiring decisions, it could have done so by adding the phrase 'deny employment' to [the law] when it amended [the law] in 1994 and again in 2005.”
“What I deny is that it had anything to do with a ‘free market’.”
“But one thing I can't deny is that Elena's interactions with the seven were highly entertaining.”
“What I do deny is that we have been inconsistent with respect to our view of the Constitution.”
“Meanwhile, Repugs time and again deny our heros aid and exploit the tragety every single chance they get.”
“What I deny is that either Ho Chi Minh or Che were any sense their moral equivalents.”
“One thing Hillary Clinton supporters can not deny is Obama's campaign has been much more disciplined and effective, has had no turn-over in key campaign ranks, has properly managed its finances, versus the circus that is Hillary Clinton's campaign, surprising considering her "experience" should have got her a better campaign staff.”
“Having supported the Clintons and lived through the Clinton years, I have no desire to listen to them blame, complain deny and lie again.”
“One thing no one can deny is how direspectful the media has been against clinton.”
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