deny

Definitions

  • "They denied the right of suffrage to wimmen and give it to the Injuns."
    "They denied the right of suffrage to wimmen and give it to the Injuns."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deny declare untrue; contradict "He denied the allegations","She denied that she had taken money"
    • v deny refuse to accept or believe "He denied his fatal illness"
    • v deny refuse to recognize or acknowledge "Peter denied Jesus"
    • v deny deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
    • v deny refuse to let have "She denies me every pleasure","he denies her her weekly allowance"
    • v deny deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure "She denied herself wine and spirits"
    • v deny 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"
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Mr. Denis Henry, Attorney-General for Ireland Mr. Denis Henry, Attorney-General for Ireland

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Norfolk, Virginia, a woman can't go out without wearing a corset. (There was a civil-service jobfor men onlycalled a corset inspector). However, in Merryville, Missouri, women are prohibited from wearing corsets because "the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male."
    • v. i Deny To answer in negative; to declare an assertion not to be true. "Then Sarah denied , saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid."
    • Deny To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; -- opposed to affirm allow, or admit.
    • Deny To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, and the like; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow. "The falsehood of denying his opinion.""Thou thrice denied , yet thrice beloved.""Let him deny himself, and take up his cross."
    • Deny To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to reject; to decline; to renounce. "If you deny to dance."
    • Deny To refuse to grant; to withhold; to refuse to gratify or yield to; as, to deny a request. "Who finds not Providence all good and wise,
      Alike in what it gives, and what denies ?"
      "To some men, it is more agreeable to deny a vicious inclination, than to gratify it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Joseph Swan invented the light bulb in 1879, one year before Thomas Edison did. However, Swan didn't patent the idea and was widely accused of copying Edison who did patent the idea and was therefore recognized as its inventor. Swan continued to be denied recognition until some time later when it was shown that both light bulbs were produced using different processes. Edison and Swan later formed a joint company using the best of both technologies.
    • deny To say “no” or “nay” to; gainsay; contradict.
    • deny 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.
    • deny To refuse; refuse to grant or give; withhold or withhold from: as, to deny bread to the hungry; to deny a request.
    • deny To reject as non-existent or unreal; refuse to believe in the existence of; disallow the reality of.
    • deny To refuse access to; keep from being seen; withhold from view or intercourse: as, he denied himself to visitors.
    • deny To refuse to acknowledge; disavow; renounce; disown.
    • deny To forbid.
    • deny To contradict; repel; disprove.
    • deny Synonyms To disclaim, renounce, abjure.
    • deny To answer in the negative; refuse to comply.
    • n deny Denial.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The British import Spirograph was introduced in the United States in 1967 by Kenner and has racked up millions of dollars in sales. It was invented by a British electronics engineer, Denys Fisher, who was inspired to create the toy while doing research on a new design for bomb detonators for NATO.
    • v.t Deny de-nī′ to gainsay or declare not to be true: to reject: to refuse admission to: to disown
    • pr.p Deny deny′ing; pa.p. denied′
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Deny yourself! You must deny yourself! That is the song that never ends.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Faith does not deny the evil, but it sees around it.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “None but a mule denies his family.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”
  • Orson Welles
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    “Everybody denies I am a genius --but nobody ever called me one!”
  • Oswald C. Hoffman
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    “Having given us the package, do you think God will deny us the ribbon?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. denien, denaien, OF. denier, deneer, F. dénier, fr. L. denegare,; de-, + negare, to say no, deny. See Negation

Usage

In literature:

The evidence of the marriage settlement denies it, the evidence of the deed of gift denies it, the evidence of the will denies it!
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
It was a typical Frankish prince whom the Parisians saw enthroned at St. Denis.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
The person who denies this truth has no right whatever to the name of Christian.
"The Work Of Christ" by A. C. Gaebelein
To deny certain faiths is logically absurd, for they make their objects true, 56.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Dogma was eliminated, Authority beyond facts and demonstrated truth denied, and Superstition regarded as only another name for ignorance.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
Madame Denis (this was the name of the abbe's friend) was waiting to do the honors of the room to her future lodger.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
Appearing at the head of the indignant deputies, he was denied admission.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
But Gertrude divined what Denys had meant to say, and with a light laugh she went away to wash her sticky hands.
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
Cease to believe, denying His Being with the Will He forged and freed.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
All liars and hypocrites imitate Cain their father, by either denying their sin or excusing it.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
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In poetry:

Gird, and thou shalt unbind;
Seek not, and thou shalt find;
To eat,
Deny thy meat;
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
If for good he had employ'd
That he lays beside him,
In his life and when he died,
I had not denied him.
"Dialogue With Fame." by Samuel Bamford
The proverb says "All flesh is grass,"
But this I do deny,
Because of that which came to pass,
But not to pass me by.
"A Fowl Affair" by Hattie Howard
But Judah, faithless still,
Denies the hand divine;
And, mocking, jeers the saints of Christ
As full of new made wine.
"Above the Starry Spheres" by Augusta Treverorum
Evil, what is evil?
There is only one evil, to deny life
As Rome denied Etruria
And mechanical America Montezuma still.
"Cypresses" by D H Lawrence
“Its idol mocked thee, seated nigh,
And shamed me for the mad mistake;
I thank my God he could deny,
And she forsake.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

The handyman embroiled in the case of a six-year-old who vanished 33 years ago has denied he had anything to do with the mystery that inspired the first missing child signs to be posted on the side of milk cartons .
Madrid says it fears younger generations are losing touch with the Spanish language, which Catalans deny.
I'm seeing reports on Twitter that Ambassador Oren has " categorically denied" making the remarks Debbie Wasserman Schultz attributed to him.
Tech official categorically denies SEC interest.
Fabrice Tourre " Categorically " Denies Fraud Charges.
Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger Cecilia Ojoawo, a blind Nigerian national living in New Jersey, is broke after successfully appealing a 2006 ruling that denied her permanent residence and made her eligible for deportation.
With LeBron James becoming a free agent at the end of this season, general manager Danny Ferry didn't deny that getting Jamison was part of the bigger picture for the Cavaliers .
Principal Evelyn Cortez has denied wrongdoing.
Komen denies censoring message boards.
There's no denying, though, that what Madsen has done deserves some sort of mention.
The Movie, Denies Michael Cera 's Breakup Rumors.
(AP) — A New London Superior Court judge has denied a request to move the trial of a former Norwich police officer accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl.
Judge denies change of venue in Norwich patrolman sex case.
Suspect in Zion killings denied change of venue in federal murder trial.
Judge denies change of venue for Powhatan beating suspect.
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In science:

This means that a module might be denied the movement it has requested.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
We stress that if one denies these assumptions it is not clear what he takes quantum theory to be about.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
We present near infrared photometry of known and suspected symbiotic nebulae obtained with the Deep Near Infrared Southern Sky Survey (DENIS).
Planetary nebula or symbiotic Mira? Near infrared colours mark the difference
We finally are able to provide a tool to obtain the needed separation by using a longer wavelength base (as given by DENIS).
Planetary nebula or symbiotic Mira? Near infrared colours mark the difference
As sample all planetary nebulae with photometry from the DENIS survey were taken.
Planetary nebula or symbiotic Mira? Near infrared colours mark the difference
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