Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for February 9, 2021 is:

belie • bih-LYE  • verb

1 a : to give a false impression of

b : to present an appearance not in agreement with

2 a : to show (something) to be false or wrong

b : to run counter to : contradict

3 : to obscure the existence or true state or character of : disguise


Martin’s easy banter and relaxed attitude belied his nervousness.

“But his humble presence belies the adventurous life that brought him through World War II and multiple attempts at sailing around the world.” — Alejandra Garcia, The Sacramento (California) Bee, 21 Dec. 2020

Did you know?

“What is a lie?” asked Lord Byron in Don Juan. He then answered himself: “‘Tis but the truth in masquerade….” The history of belie illustrates a certain connection between lying and disguising. In Old English, belie meant “to deceive by lying,” and, in time, was used to mean “to tell lies about,” taking on a sense similar to that of the modern word slander. Eventually, its meaning softened, shifting from an act of outright lying to one of mere misrepresentation, and by the early 1700s, the word was being used in the sense “to disguise or conceal.” Nowadays, belie suggests giving an impression at variance with the facts rather than telling an intentional untruth.

Ken Saunders is a freelance writer for hire. He specializes in creating content that will drive traffic, convert readers and make your social media pop. He has been writing since 2012. His professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Spirituality, Technology, Food, Travel, and the LGBT community. His articles have appeared in a number of e-zine sites, including Lifehack. Media, Andrew Christian, and You can learn more about his services at