1 Sam. ii. 12.
(Be*li"bel) v. t. [See Libel, v. t. ] To libel or traduce; to calumniate. Fuller.
(Be*lie") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Belied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Belying ] [OE. bilien, bilien, AS. beleógan; pref.
be- + leógan to lie. See Lie, n.]
1. To show to be false; to convict of, or charge with, falsehood.
Their trembling hearts belie their boastful tongues.
2. To give a false representation or account of.
Should I do so, I should belie my thoughts.
3. To tell lie about; to calumniate; to slander.
Thou dost belie him, Percy, thou dost belie him.
4. To mimic; to counterfeit. [Obs.] Dryden.
5. To fill with lies. [Obs.] "The breath of slander doth belie all corners of the world." Shak.
(Be*lief") n. [OE. bileafe, bileve; cf. AS. geleáfa. See Believe.]
1. Assent to a proposition or affirmation, or the acceptance of a fact, opinion, or assertion as real or
true, without immediate personal knowledge; reliance upon word or testimony; partial or full assurance
without positive knowledge or absolute certainty; persuasion; conviction; confidence; as, belief of a witness; the
belief of our senses.
Belief admits of all degrees, from the slightest suspicion to the fullest assurance.
2. (Theol.) A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.
No man can attain [to] belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth.
3. The thing believed; the object of belief.
Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men.
4. A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed.
In the heat of persecution to which Christian belief was subject upon its first promulgation. Ultimate belief, a first principle incapable of proof; an intuitive truth; an intuition. Sir W. Hamilton.
Syn. Credence; trust; reliance; assurance; opinion.
(Be*lief"ful) a. Having belief or faith.
(Be*liev"a*ble) a. Capable of being believed; credible. Be*liev"a*ble*ness, n. Be*liev`a*bil"i*ty