• WordNet 3.6
    • n denial renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
    • n denial a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him "he gave evidence for the defense"
    • n denial the act of asserting that something alleged is not true
    • n denial the act of refusing to comply (as with a request) "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
    • n denial (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Denial A refusal to acknowledge; disclaimer of connection with; disavowal; -- the contrary of confession; as, the denial of a fault charged on one; a denial of God.
    • Denial A refusal to admit the truth of a statement, charge, imputation, etc.; assertion of the untruth of a thing stated or maintained; a contradiction.
    • Denial A refusal to grant; rejection of a request. "The commissioners, . . . to obtain from the king's subjects as much as they would willingly give, . . . had not to complain of many peremptory denials ."
    • Denial The act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation; -- the contrary of affirmation. "You ought to converse with so much sincerity that your bare affirmation or denial may be sufficient."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n denial The act of denying or contradicting; the assertion of the contrary of some proposition or affirmation; negation; contradiction.
    • n denial Refusal to grant; the negation or refusal of a request or a petition; non-compliance.
    • n denial Refusal to accept or acknowledge; a disowning; rejection: as, a denial of God; a denial of the faith or the truth.
    • n denial In law, a traverse in the pleading of one party of the statement set up by the other; a defense. Synonyms Disavowal, disclaimer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Denial de-nī′al act of denying or saying no: contradiction: refusal: rejection
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.”
  • Al Frank
    Al Frank
    “Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.”
  • John Sterling
    John Sterling
    “The worst education which teaches self-denial, is better than the best which teaches everything else, and not that.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “There never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in the character which is a stranger to resolute self-denial.”
  • Susie Orbach
    Susie Orbach
    “Fat is a way of saying no to powerlessness and self-denial.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Deny


In literature:

Buffon's idea of a method amounts almost to the denial of the possibility of method at all.
"Evolution, Old & New" by Samuel Butler
The doctor joined them in their denial.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
But there are certain legitimate causes for denial by the wife.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
This proves the law referred to by Jesus when he made a denial of self the first duty of his disciples.
"The Right Knock" by Helen Van-Anderson
Is he not rather comforted by the distractions of cheerful frivolity, of conventional denial of his pains?
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
The pain which is produced by derogation produces effort and self-denial.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
You never would in the world, if you knew how much self-denial it stands for.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
My denial of guilt seemed to me a trivial lie.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
He forgave Peter for his denial, and would have forgiven Judas, if in the exercise of sincere repentance he had sought his pardon.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
There are examples of noble self-denial under these circumstances.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey

In poetry:

"Good friends," he says, "you reap a field
I sowed in self-denial,
For toleration had its griefs
And charity its trial.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And she is with thee; in thy path of trial
She walketh yet;
Still with the baptism of thy self-denial
Her locks are wet.
"To My Friend OnThe Death Of His Sister" by John Greenleaf Whittier
It's weel enuff for fowk to praich
An praise up self denial;
But them 'at's forradest to praich,
Dooant put it oft to trial.
"My Doctrine" by John Hartley
Now comes near thee,
O my heart, thy threatened trial!
Lady, pardon the denial,
But I would nor see nor hear thee.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Forgetting that their pride of spirit
Their exultation in their trial
Detracts most largely from the merit
Of all their boasted self-denial.
"Granta: A Medley" by Lord George Gordon Byron
Ye, meanwhile, are in your chambers sleeping,
Quiet, and set free from all our weeping;
No cross nor trial
Hinders your enjoyments with denial.
"Blessed Are The Dead. (From The German)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Fallin appeals FEMA denial of wildfire aid for 3 counties.
(PDF) Fallin appeal of FEMA denial .
As a psychotherapist, I deal with denial frequently.
Removing Mayor Rob Ford from office now a denial of democracy, his lawyer say.
Zoning Hearing Board listens to case where developer argues hardship in zoning denial .
Detroit in denial of crisis like old GM.
Biden 'doubling down on denial '.
Yes Men hit the Chamber of denial .
RCMP issues latest denial in series of harassment lawsuits.
When told that some lawyers have called the denials a violation of state law, Neth replied, "That's their interpretation.".
Gerard Butler's birthday plans scuppered by visa denial .
Trumka's History of Denial : "We Don't Have A Deficit Crisis".
Broadwell's Denver remarks delivered same day as Petraeus statement on Libya and one day after Panetta denial .
Spending a few hours around Pentagon and defense business officials these days requires mentally ingesting a disorienting cocktail that is one part desperation and one part denial.
The foreign ministry's denial comes about 22 hours after the diplomat 's comments were made public.

In science:

Denials are the only formulas that may contain universal quantifiers.
In general a theory can be transformed into denials applying the following rewriting step ∀ X.F → ¬∃ X.¬F .
Open variables in FOL formulas and denials represent ob jects of yet unknown identity.
These non-responsive flows, in essence, form a type of denial of ser vice (DoS) attacks, as first identified by Floyd et. al. and subsequently illustrated by Sherwood et. al. .
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
Netfence: Preventing internet denial of service from inside out.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks