Deny

Definition of Deny

De`ny´
v. t.1.To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; - opposed to affirm, allow, or admit.
[imp. & p. p. Denied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Denying.]
2.To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to reject; to decline; to renounce.
3.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?
- Pope.
To some men, it is more agreeable to deny a vicious inclination, than to gratify it.
- J. Edwards.
4.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.
- Bancroft.
To deny one's self
to decline the gratification of appetites or desires; to practice self-denial.
Let him deny himself, and take up his cross.
- Matt. xvi. 24.
v. i.1.To answer in negative; to declare an assertion not to be true.
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid.
- Gen. xviii. 15.

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