The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Deny \De*ny"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Denied; p. pr. & vb. n.
Denying.] [OE. denien, denaien, OF. denier, deneer, F.
d['e]nier, fr. L. denegare; de- + negare to say no, deny. See
1. To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; --
opposed to affirm, allow, or admit.
Note: We deny what another says, or we deny the truth of an
assertion, the force of it, or the assertion itself.
2. To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to
reject; to decline; to renounce. [Obs.] "If you deny to
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
The falsehood of denying his opinion. --Bancroft.
Thou thrice denied, yet thrice beloved. --Keble.
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.