declare untrue; contradict
"He denied the allegations"; "She denied that she had taken money"
refuse to accept or believe
"He denied his fatal illness"
refuse to grant, as of a petition or request
"The dean denied the students' request for more physics courses"; "the prisoners were denied the right to exercise for more than 2 hours a day"
refuse to let have
"She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance"
deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
"She denied herself wine and spirits"
deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
refuse to recognize or acknowledge
"Peter denied Jesus"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Abjure, discard, forswear, recall, recant, renounce, retract, and revoke, like abandon, imply some previous connection. Renounce (Latin re, back, and nuntio, bear a message) is to declare against and give up formally and definitively; as, to renounce the pomps and vanities of the world. Recant (Latin re, back, and canto, sing) is to take back or deny formally and publicly, as a belief that one has held or professed. Retract (Latin re, back, and traho, draw) is to take back something that one has said as not true or as what one is not ready to maintain; as, to retract a charge or accusation; one recants what was especially his own, he retracts what was directed against another. Repudiate (Latin re, back, or away, and pudeo, feel shame) is primarily to renounce as shameful, hence to divorce, as a wife; thus in general to put away with emphatic and determined repulsion; as, to repudiate a debt. To deny is to affirm to be not true or not binding; as, to deny a statement or a relationship; or to refuse to grant as something requested; as, his mother could not deny him what he desired. To discard is to cast away as useless or worthless; thus, one discards a worn garment; a coquette discards a lover. Revoke (Latin re, back, and voco, call), etymologically the exact equivalent of the English recall, is to take back something given or granted; as, to revoke a command, a will, or a grant; recall may be used in the exact sense of revoke, but is often applied to persons, as revoke is not; we recall a messenger and revoke the order with which he was charged. Abjure (Latin ab, away, and juro, swear) is etymologically the exact equivalent of the Saxon forswear, signifying to put away formally and under oath, as an error, heresy, or evil practise, or a condemned and detested person. A man abjures his religion, recants his belief, abjures or renounces his allegiance, repudiates another's claim, renounces his own, retracts a false statement. A person may deny, disavow, disclaim, disown what has been truly or falsely imputed to him or supposed to be his. He may deny his signature, disavow the act of his agent, disown his child; he may repudiate a just claim or a base suggestion. A native of the United States can not abjure or renounce allegiance to the Queen of England, but will promptly deny or repudiate it. Compare ABANDON.
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How to use deny in a sentence?
On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.
There was no justification to deny her [ entry at the airport ] when they could have made their decision at the time her student visa was to be issued, someone with a visa in hand places their faith in the government's decision, so if the government plans to revoke a visa it has already issued, it must be held accountable.
If you were in a burning house and there was a cat and a Rembrandt, what would you save The cat...you would save the cat, because the cat is alive. The art is dead. It's just paint on a canvas, ink on a page. To live for art is to deny life. It's just to destroy life.
I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that, of course if a post crossed a line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed. … These issues are very challenging but I believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech.
We exist. That may sound simple, but too often when someone says they are asexual, the first response from others is to deny or question it, it also sends the message that there is something wrong with us. I do not need to be fixed or cured, I am asexual and that's OK.
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- отричам, отказвам, опровергавамBulgarian
- denegar, negarCatalan, Valencian
- zapřít, popřítCzech
- bestreiten, ablehnen, verweigern, dementieren, leugnen, vorenthaltenGerman
- αρνούμαι, διαψεύδωGreek
- ukatu, uko egin, ezeztatuBasque
- kiistää, kieltääFinnish
- dénier, nierFrench
- diùlt, àicheidhScottish Gaelic
- negare, smentireItalian
- denego, negō, abnegō, negareLatin
- nekte, motstride, fornekteNorwegian
- ontkennen, weigeren, ontzeggenDutch
- motstride, nekte, fornekteNorwegian Nynorsk
- отрицать, отказывать, отвергнуть, отвергать, отказатьRussian
- förneka, neka, förvägraSwedish
- phủ nhậnVietnamese
- disminti, noyîWalloon
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