[ UK /dɪnˈa‍ɪə‍l/ ]
[ US /dɪˈnaɪəɫ/ ]
NOUN
  1. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
    he gave evidence for the defense
  2. renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
  3. the act of refusing to comply (as with a request)
    it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges
  4. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts
  5. the act of asserting that something alleged is not true
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How To Use denial In A Sentence

  • Guardian International correspondent Jonathan Steele called Bush's and Blair's denial of the horrors attending the Iraq civil war "Panglossian" - referring to the ever optimistic Dr. Pangloss of Voltaire's novel Candide who, at every disaster, proclaims that ours is the best of all possible worlds. Surge to Purge: The 80% Solution in Iraq
  • Diaz issued a firm denial of the rumor.
  • Not sure what a 'twofer' is, but if what you mean is that the '2050' scenario is ridiculous, then you're way into denial and every bit as susceptible to the blinkers of 'You Know You Are Right' as those you ridicule. John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...
  • I tried on clothes that actually fit me and felt comfortable instead of living in denial and trying on clothing that depressed me when I couldn't get the pants above my thighs.
  • This was the reality glossed over in television fiction; indignity, suspicion, denial of the decencies. DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION
  • Had there, despite Terry Gill's denials, been an encounter?
  • Poor messaging isn't the only possible cause for the increase in denial: politicians — mostly on the right — have aggressively pushed the climate-change-is-a-hoax trope.
  • The sin of idolatry may lie less in the actual action of worshipping a foreign god than in the denial of the universals that such worship implies.
  • What did Woodsmall think about this denial of basic human rights on the basis of religious observances?
  • His denial of responsibility for the accident was unconvincing.
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