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.Hallam.
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.
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