from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A refusal to comply with or satisfy a request.
- n. A refusal to grant the truth of a statement or allegation; a contradiction.
- n. Law The opposing by a defendant of an allegation of the plaintiff.
- n. A refusal to accept or believe something, such as a doctrine or belief.
- n. Psychology An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.
- n. The act of disowning or disavowing; repudiation.
- n. Abstinence; self-denial.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The negation in logic
- n. A refusal to comply with a request.
- n. An assertion of untruth
- n. Refusal to believe a problem exists
- n. A defense mechanism involving a refusal to accept the truth of a phenomenon or prospect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation; -- the contrary of
- n. A refusal to admit the truth of a statement, charge, imputation, etc.; assertion of the untruth of a thing stated or maintained; a contradiction.
- n. A refusal to grant; rejection of a request.
- n. A refusal to acknowledge; disclaimer of connection with; disavowal; -- the contrary of confession
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of denying or contradicting; the assertion of the contrary of some proposition or affirmation; negation; contradiction.
- n. Refusal to grant; the negation or refusal of a request or a petition; non-compliance.
- n. Refusal to accept or acknowledge; a disowning; rejection: as, a denial of God; a denial of the faith or the truth.
- n. In law, a traverse in the pleading of one party of the statement set up by the other; a defense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of refusing to comply (as with a request)
- n. renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
- n. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts
- n. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
- n. the act of asserting that something alleged is not true
Professionals in the field use the term denial to describe this psychological response in which the self shields itself from feelings it cannot bear.
For her to be in denial is now making her look more like Bush than anything.
I think the chasm between reality based people and those in denial is growing so wide that people are now shouting across it …
In fact trying to find a "mainstream Democrat" politician who will come out with a public statement regarding the fact that his champions are simply in denial is not that easy.
The word denial came to mind, but for once I buttoned my lip.
When I use the term denial industry, I'm referring to those who are paid to say that manmade global warming isn't happening.
On the bright side, a simple and declarative denial will do; of course, if your denial is a lie and we catch you at it, brush up on your typing skills.
So if the word denial is making the round in America, yes, then there should never be that denial of common people.
But what they call a denial really isn't what is a denial in the California data.
If you say “I did X”, and then say “I have never done or claimed to have done X”, either the confession or the denial is a lie.