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Deny appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Deny a god, O gay Ned?
  • Deny me not; atone, my Ned.
  • Moo lazily, Ned: deny Liz a loom.
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The word deny and its family (deniable, denial, denials, denied, denies, denying, undeniable) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb deny

What does deny mean as a doing word?

Deny is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: denied

  1. declare untrue; contradict
    • example: They deny that there was a traffic accident
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • antonym: admit
    • more generic words: contradict / contravene / negate = deny the truth of
    • more specific words:
      • disclaim = make a disclaimer about
      • repudiate = reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust
      • disavow = refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of
  2. refuse to accept or believe
    • example: They deny that there was a traffic accident
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: disown / renounce / repudiate = cast off
    • more specific word: abnegate = deny or renounce
  3. refuse to grant, as of a petition or request
  4. refuse to let have
    • example: They deny them the money
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of deny: refuse
    • antonym of deny: allow
    • more generic terms: hold on / keep = retain possession of
    • more specific terms: keep back / withhold = hold back
  5. deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
  6. deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
  7. refuse to recognize or acknowledge

Alternative definition of the verb deny


  1. To not allow.
  2. To assert that something is not true.


Deny is an Argentine post-hardcore band based in Buenos Aires.


  1. Deny Rocha Dos Santos or simply Deny is a Brazil football midfielder.
  2. Deny is a musical artist.
    • also known as Denny
    • profession: Percussionist
    • member of musical group Chiclete com Banana (Percussion) since

There are other people with in their name, like Deny Bregy, Deny Kožić, Pierre Deny and Deny Lefrançois.


  1. "Deny" is a song by Canadian post-grunge band Default and the second single from their 2001 debut album, The Fallout. It reached #7 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart and was featured on the video game NHL 2003. "Deny" is recognizable for its aggressive, hard-hitting style in contrast to the more melodic tones of Default's previous single. It was marked an AMG Track Pick by Andy Hinds of Allmusic.
  2. "Deny" is the second album released by the Ex Pistols in 1992. Due to the cover art, the band is often mis-credited as the "Sexless Pistols" in writing.
  3. "Deny" is a composition by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones.
  4. "Deny" is a musical single of Ancara.
    • released on (8 years ago)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Deny

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Google previewCompTIA Security+ SY0-301 Practice Questions Exam Cram (2011)

by Diane Barrett

Implicit deny is an access control practice wherein resource availability is restricted to only those logons explicitly granted access, remaining unavailable even when not explicitly denied access. Answer B is incorrect; the phrase “less is more” ...

Google previewCompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Exam Cram (2015)

by Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Kirk Hausman

Implicit deny is an access control practice wherein resource availability is restricted to only those logins explicitly granted access, remaining unavailable even...

Google previewPass the Coop (2012)

Cooperative Admissions Exam Study Guide & Practice Test Questions by Complete Test Preparation Inc., Complete Test Preparation Team

Deny is the antonym of accept. Sequences. Answer. Key. 11. D The numbers doubles each time. 12. A Each.

Google previewEncyclopedia of White-Collar & Corporate Crime (2004)

by Lawrence M. Salinger

No one may refuse to rent or sell housing, refuse to negotiate, take property off the market, deny the availability of a property, establish different guideline or fees for the sale or rental, provide different services or facilities, force owners to sell or ...

Google previewMounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (2009)

by William D. Mounce

to “ deny, reject, disown.” This word occurs only in the gospels, a majority of them in the prediction of Peter's denial (e.g., Mt. 26:34–35): “This very night, before the ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

DENY', v.a. Fr. nier; ...

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Usage statistics about deny

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb deny:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb deny and its most common antonyms:

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Quotes about Deny

To break a promise is to deny the reality of the past Therefore it is to deny the hope of a real future.... (Ursala Lequin)
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Scrabble value of D2E1N1Y4

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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