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  • v. Present participle of belie.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The telling of lies about-one; calumniation: as, “backbiting and belying,”


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  • Charles said easily, his expression belying none of his unease.

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  • Its title belying an emphasis on writers, "A Cabinet of Drawings" includes odd, amateur pieces-by Frieda and D. H. Lawrence, Arthur Conan Doyle, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,

  • He began to inch away from Emma, his hopeful expression belying his outrage.

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  • His facial expression belying the cold stillness in those hard grey eyes.

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  • Still, throughout her writing, the biology Phd wears her scientific foundation and technical training on her sleeve, and her wording is sprinkled with turns-of-phrase belying her academic background.

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  • Hycy Burke was smart, quick, and cunning; but then he was traicherous -- something of a coward when he had his match -- strongly addicted to fiction in most of his narratives, and what was still a worse point about him, he had the infamous ingenuity, whenever he had a point to gain -- such as belying a boy and taking away his characther -- of making truth discharge all the blackguard duties of falsehoood.

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  • An already slim woman is frozen in front of her office's refrigerator, an inner monologue belying a complex barter system that could justify a piece of raspberry cheesecake.

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  • Listening to the discussion of this question prompted a poignant reminder that, belying the stories of meteoric rise to success, there's the often-forgotten story of sweat and toil.

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  • “Lothaire will be just one among many vampires,” he replied coolly, belying his interest in this one.

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  • Time gives and time takes, she said with a shrug, but her eyes flickered, belying her casual air.

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