deny = 'to affirm (the opposite of something)'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 4 11:59:56 UTC 2013

I've heard this construction on TV news twice before, only within the past
year or two:

"Some Bierce scholars, notably Lawrence I. Berkove, are eager to deny that
Bierce was not a misanthrope—that he did not *hate* human beings in the
mass but was merely *disappointed* with them. I generally agree with that

The word is used correctly in the very next sentence.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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