Adjective "denial" definition and examples

(Denial may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/dɪˈnʌɪ(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

noun

The action of denying something.
  1. 'And I think they a little in denial of facing reality.'
  2. 'At least I'm not in denial about being in denial, right?'
  3. 'And as you already noted, a lot of people are in denial and the real question is how long does it go on before the economists and the policy makers acknowledge that we do have a problem.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'This patient may be in denial about his hearing loss, or he may, as his daughter suspects, be depressed and withdrawn.'
  6. 'And, though, you know, I saw some very visible changes in him, you know, he was so very much at that time in denial about what he had done to me and the magnitude of how bad it was.'
  7. 'The ardent supporters are still in denial about their candidates' chances, but that's only because they're unusually dimwitted.'
  8. 'Here is a woman so deep in denial that pathological is the only serviceable adjective appropriate for such an irrational rant.'
  9. 'And now all of a sudden he's checked himself into drug rehab for 30 days, and we know that it's going to take much more than that, that he's been in denial.'
  10. 'And they said it's coming to you, but you're in denial.'
  11. 'his pious denials of responsibility'
  12. 'The extended contract and mass denials of his leaving gave it some stability.'
  13. 'I had no evidence, and would get denials or no comment if I questioned the alleged lovers.'
  14. 'They should not be fobbed off with a diet of misleading statements and official denials.'
  15. 'Spiritual doctrines do not actually limit the mind as do materialistic denials.'
  16. 'The denials and expressions of disbelief and even disgust were therefore a bit of a surprise.'
  17. 'That's far from the final word in this story of secrets and denials and no comments.'
  18. 'When their portents and prophecies fail there are excuses and denials.'
  19. 'The unrest was sparked by the death of two boys whom locals think were fleeing police, despite official denials.'
  20. 'Residents reacted with fury to police denials of any responsibility.'
  21. 'They emerged from a police station to detail the lurid allegations and their vehement denials.'
  22. 'The outcome, as mentioned in Jessica Johnston's article, was denial of access to the requested documents.'
  23. 'The denial of her desire, and thus the denial of her voice, generates the type of silence that we so often find is the seed for oppression.'
  24. 'He asserted that his denial in the pre-trial answers to the Defendants' request for information of any association with the alliance was true.'
  25. 'Thus the ‘treatment’ in question was the refusal of support combined with the denial of the right to work.'
  26. 'The report says the board's panel was clear that the mere denial of guilt could not, of itself, justify refusal of a progressive move through the system, including eventual release.'
  27. 'Since I have sworn, as have they, to uphold and defend that Covenant, I must respectfully concur in the denial of the request.'
  28. 'Another obstacle to alcohol screening is concern about denial of insurance coverage if screening information appears in a patient's record.'
  29. 'I was an addict in denial'
  30. 'Offering medications to patients in denial of their illness means that they have to confront their worst nightmare and acknowledge that they are very sick.'
  31. 'Some people have also referred to this approach as the ‘ostrich’ approach as often it involves the use of defence mechanisms such as denial and repression.'
  32. 'The Denial of Saint Peter is a painting finished around 1610 by the Italian painter Caravaggio.'

More definitions

noun

1. 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.

2. refusal to believe a doctrine, theory, or the like.

3. disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing.

4. the refusal to satisfy a claim, request, desire, etc., or the refusal of a person making it.

5. refusal to recognize or acknowledge; a disowning or disavowal: the traitor's denial of his countr