belie bi-ˈlī , bē- verb
1. be in contradiction with
2. represent falsely
The word belie has appeared in 24 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 19 in “Slow Lorises Are Adorable but They Bite With Flesh-Rotting Venom” by Rachel Nuwer:
With their bright saucer eyes, button noses and plump, fuzzy bodies, slow lorises — a group of small, nocturnal Asian primates — resemble adorable, living stuffed animals. But their innocuous looks belie a startling aggression: They pack vicious bites loaded with flesh-rotting venom. Even more surprising, new research reveals that the most frequent recipients of their toxic bites are other slow lorises.
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