v. contradict; give a false impression
His coarse, hard-bitten exterior does belie his inner sensitivity.
Sentence in Classic:
He spoke roughly in order to belie his air of gentility for his entry had been followed by a pause of talk.
It was with reluctance that he suffered her to go; but there was no look of despair in parting to belie his words, or give her hopes of his being less unreasonable than he professed himself.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen Context
However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
An hour later when the conversation began to lag, Gerald, with a guile that belied the wide innocence of his bright blue eyes, proposed a game.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
Yet this demure affectation of extreme penitence was whimsically belied by a ludicrous meaning which lurked in his huge features, and seemed to pronounce his fear and repentance alike hypocritical.
After many skirmishes and snubbings, the ambitious pair were considered effectually quenched and went about with forlorn faces, which were rather belied by explosions of laughter when the two got together.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott Context