Meaning of denial
Pronunciation: (di-nī'ul), [key]
- an assertion that something said, believed, alleged, etc., is false: Despite his denials, we knew he had taken the purse. The politician issued a denial of his opponent's charges.
- refusal to believe a doctrine, theory, or the like.
- disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing.
- the refusal to satisfy a claim, request, desire, etc., or the refusal of a person making it.
- refusal to recognize or acknowledge; a disowning or disavowal: the traitor's denial of his country; Peter's denial of Christ.
- refusal to acknowledge the validity of a claim, suit, or the like; a plea that denies allegations of fact in an adversary's plea: Although she sued for libel, he entered a general denial.
- sacrifice of one's own wants or needs; self-denial.
- an unconscious defense mechanism used to reduce anxiety by denying thoughts, feelings, or facts that are consciously intolerable.
- denial (Thesaurus)