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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
categorical denial/assurance etc
▪ Can you give us a categorical assurance that no jobs will be lost?
denial of service attack
▪ Bombay: An official denial of moves to end price controls on steel triggered nervous long liquidation across the board.
▪ Despite official denials, William Waldegrave, the health secretary, is unpopular in Downing Street.
▪ The Army has consistently issued official denials of involvement.
▪ In any case, self denial was a habit with them.
▪ Ultimately, only the strength of the denial system enables the sufferer to function at all.
▪ The Army has consistently issued official denials of involvement.
▪ Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, leader of Inkatha, on June 9 issued a denial of the allegations.
a flat refusal/denial etc
▪ In many cases where a request has been made, it has met with a flat refusal.
▪ One or other of them drafted a statement which was a flat denial that he had misbehaved either sexually or politically.
▪ She had not anticipated a flat refusal.
▪ There'd been a chorus of objection then and a flat refusal from Becky to stay with the younger children.
▪ A vigorous round of denials and, yesterday, the suspension of the archivist followed.
▪ At the medical products firm we mentioned earlier, symptoms of denial were rife.
▪ Doctrinaire denial of a generational injustice does no justice either to the truth or to the victims.
▪ I was in a place where I did not want to be in denial of anything.
▪ It is a denial of democracy to keep smears secret.
▪ Labour's stunning victory in 1997 left the Tory party in denial about the seriousness of its situation.
▪ This denial of pain extends to all aspects of life within the work place.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Denial \De*ni"al\, n. [See Deny.]

  1. The act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation; -- the contrary of affirmation.

    You ought to converse with so much sincerity that your bare affirmation or denial may be sufficient.
    --Bp. Stillingfleet.

  2. A refusal to admit the truth of a statement, charge, imputation, etc.; assertion of the untruth of a thing stated or maintained; a contradiction.

  3. A refusal to grant; rejection of a request.

    The commissioners, . . . to obtain from the king's subjects as much as they would willingly give, . . . had not to complain of many peremptory denials.

  4. A refusal to acknowledge; disclaimer of connection with; disavowal; -- the contrary of confession; as, the denial of a fault charged on one; a denial of God.

    Denial of one's self, a declining of some gratification; restraint of one's appetites or propensities; self-denial.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s; see deny + -al (2). Replaced earlier denyance (mid-15c.). Meaning "unconscious suppression of painful or embarrassing feelings" first attested 1914 in A.A. Brill's translation of Freud's "Psychopathology of Everyday Life"; phrase in denial popularized 1980s.


n. 1 (context logic English) The negation in logic. 2 A refusal to comply with a request. 3 An assertion of untruth. 4 Refusal to believe a problem exists

  1. n. the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"

  2. the act of asserting that something alleged is not true

  3. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts

  4. renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others [syn: abnegation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-renunciation]

  5. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense" [syn: defense, defence, demurrer] [ant: prosecution]

Denial (1998 film)

Denial is a 1998 film written and directed by Adam Rifkin. It was released to video under the title Something About Sex. The plot revolved around couples as they struggle with the hardships of maintaining a monogamous relationship. It starred Jonathan Silverman, Leah Lail, Patrick Dempsey, Christine Taylor, Ryan Alosio, Amy Yasbeck, and Jason Alexander. It was produced by Brad Wyman.

Denial (poem)

Denial ( Greek: Άρνηση) is a poem by Giorgos Seferis (1900–1971) published in his collection Turning Point (Στροφή "Strophe") in 1931. After the coup that overthrew the Greek government in 1967, Seferis went into voluntary seclusion and many of his poems were banned, including the musical versions which Mikis Theodorakis had written and arranged. Denial came to be the anthem of resistance to the regime and was sung by the enormous crowds lining the streets at Seferis' funeral.

Denial (1990 film)

Denial is a 1990 American drama film, written and directed by Erin Dignam. The film features Robin Wright as "Sarah," a sometime actress and tall, dark, handsome loner, "Michael" ( Jason Patric), as lovers, as they were in real life, (before she was with Sean Penn). "Michael" inhabits the realm of obsessional love with "Sarah" becoming his sickness, as he calls it—or her.


Denial, in ordinary English usage, is asserting that a statement or allegation is not true. The same word, and also abnegation , is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. An individual that exhibits such behaviour is described as a denialist or true believer. Denial also could mean denying the happening of an event or the reliability of information, which can lead to a feeling of aloofness and to the ignoring of possibly beneficial information.

The subject may use:

  • simple denial: deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether
  • minimisation: admit the fact but deny its seriousness (a combination of denial and rationalization)
  • projection: admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility by blaming somebody or something else.
Denial (disambiguation)

Denial is an assertion that an allegation is not true, or a psychological defense mechanism.

Denial may also refer to:

  • Denial (1990 film), American drama written and directed by Erin Dignam
  • Denial (1998 film), written and directed by Adam Rifkin
  • Denial (2016 film), directed by Mick Jackson
  • Denial (Kaminsky novel), a novel by Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Denial, a novel by David Belbin
  • Denial, a novel by Peter James
  • Denial, a novel by Coleen Nolan
  • "Denial" (poem), by Giorgos Seferis
  • Denial (Sevendust song), a rock song by Sevendust
  • Denial (Sugababes song), a soft rock song by Sugababes
  • Denial eSports, a professional video gaming team based in North America
Denial (Sugababes song)

"Denial" is a song by English girl group the Sugababes from their fifth studio album, Change (2007). Coinciding with the commencement of the group's 2008 Change Tour, it was released on 10 March 2007 as the album's fourth and final single. V V Brown wrote "Denial" for the band while she was on London Underground's Victoria line, and attempted to "get into their mindsets" in the process. The Sugababes and the song's producers, Flex Turner and Elliot Malloy, co-wrote it. Composed of staccato verses, a harmonious chorus and a solo middle eight, "Denial" is a Europop and soft rock song that samples " Standing in the Way of Control" by The Gossip.

The song received mixed reviews from critics, who were ambivalent towards its composition, but became a commercial success throughout Europe, where it peaked at number one on the Czech Singles Chart, number four on the Austrian Singles Chart, and within the top twenty on the charts in Germany, Hungary, Ireland, and Switzerland. It reached number 15 on the UK Singles Chart. Harvey B-Brown directed the song's music video, which was inspired by Vogue and contains fashion editorial characteristics. The Sugababes performed "Denial" on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, at the 2008 Oxegen Festival, and during their Change Tour.

Denial (Kaminsky novel)

Denial is a mystery novel written by Stuart M. Kaminsky, a Grandmaster of the Mystery Writers of America. It is a Lew Fonesca mystery and was released July 8, 2005.

Denial (Sevendust song)

Denial is the lead single of album Home by alternative metal band Sevendust and it was released in July 1999. It was one of the songs featured in ATV Offroad Fury.

Denial (Young Justice)

"Denial" is the seventh episode of Young Justice, which aired on February 18, 2011.

Category:2011 television episodes

Denial (2016 film)

Denial is a 2016 British-American drama film directed by Mick Jackson. The film is based on Deborah E. Lipstadt's book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. The film will be released on September 30, 2016 by Bleecker Street. The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016.

Usage examples of "denial".

In those documents we find the abridgment of the existing right of suffrage and the denial to the people of all right to participate in the selection of public officers except the legislative boldly advocated, with labored arguments to prove that large control of the people in government is the source of all political evil.

In those documents we find the abridgment of the existing right of suffrage, and the denial to the people of all right to participate in the selection of public officers, except the legislature, boldly advocated, with labored argument to prove that large control of the people in government is the source of all political evil.

But that an acknowledgment of God conjoins and denial disjoins will be clarified by some things made known to me in the spiritual world.

It is plain from this what the acknowledgment of God and the denial of God each accomplish.

Avall or Eddyn had been deemed worthy not only of adulthood, but of a subcraft-chieftainship, which prompted blank stares from both, then quick denial.

Lord Sherbrooke would take no denial, jokingly saying that he required some support under the emotions and agitating circumstances which he was about to endure.

For the significance of this decision as a precedent in favor of a more careful scrutiny by the Supreme Court of State trials in which a denial of constitutional rights allegedly occurred, see p.

Message instead of brooding on that odd old dark moment of aphasiac terror with this veiled like psuedo-intellectual-type girl who was probably just in some sort of complex Denial, or on whatever doubtlessly grim place he feels like he knows that smooth echoless slightly Southern voice from.

Fourteen years later Chief Justice Marshall observed for the Court that its appellate jurisdiction is derived from the Constitution, but proceeded nevertheless to hold that an affirmative bestowal of appellate jurisdiction by Congress, which made no express exceptions to it, implied a denial of all others.

Court repeated this assertion, in connection with the denial to a defendant accused of a murder of the same opportunity during the critical period between his arraignment and the impaneling of the jury.

The greatest number of them disdained to have recourse to a denial, and seemed less anxious for the preservation of their own lives than for the honour of the cause in which they had embarked, not with the view of assassination, as had been demonstrated, but for the purpose of ascertaining the true state of the public feeling, which had been represented by some factious intriguers as favourable to the Bourbons.

Judith and Holofernes and The Denial of Peter, as well as authenticating or condemning hundreds of others.

This denial, however, aroused an indignant riposte from the president of the court, reminding Babeuf of his letter to the Directory boasting that he was the leader of the Conspiracy.

And, where a breakaway was not a mere denial, the individuals somehow assumed they believed in a simple soul state-of-being.

Andais had lived in denial of what Cel was, and what he was capable of, for centuries.