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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dih-nahy-uh l]
    • /dɪˈnaɪ əl/
    • /dɪˈnaɪ.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dih-nahy-uh l]
    • /dɪˈnaɪ əl/

Definitions of denial word

  • variable noun denial A denial of something is a statement that it is not true, does not exist, or did not happen. 3
  • uncountable noun denial The denial of something to someone is the act of refusing to let them have it. 3
  • uncountable noun denial In psychology, denial is when a person cannot or will not accept an unpleasant truth. 3
  • noun denial a refusal to agree or comply with a statement; contradiction 3
  • noun denial the rejection of the truth of a proposition, doctrine, etc 3
  • noun denial a negative reply; rejection of a request 3

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Origin of denial

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
First recorded in 1520-30; deny + -al2

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Parts of speech for Denial


denial popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

denial usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for denial

noun denial

  • rejection — the act or process of rejecting.
  • veto — the power or right vested in one branch of a government to cancel or postpone the decisions, enactments, etc., of another branch, especially the right of a president, governor, or other chief executive to reject bills passed by the legislature.
  • disapproval — the act or state of disapproving; a condemnatory feeling, look, or utterance; censure: stern disapproval.
  • repudiation — the act of repudiating.
  • rebuttal — an act of rebutting, as in a debate.

Antonyms for denial

noun denial

  • ratification — the act of ratifying; confirmation; sanction.
  • confirmation — the act of confirming
  • permission — authorization granted to do something; formal consent: to ask permission to leave the room.
  • affirmation — the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed
  • avowal — open acknowledgment or declaration

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