deny


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deny (one)self

To deprive oneself of something. I'm denying myself desserts right now, while I'm on this diet.
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justice delayed is justice denied

Justice served at a later time has as little impact as justice not being served at all. A: "We need to get this matter before a judge quickly." B: "Of course. Justice delayed is justice denied."
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deny someone or something to someone

to prevent someone from having someone or something. Would you deny her children to her after all these long months? I would not deny food to a starving man.
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References in classic literature ?
It appears to me, gentle sir, that your worship's discourse is intended to persuade me that there never were any knights-errant in the world, and that all the books of chivalry are false, lying, mischievous and useless to the State, and that I have done wrong in reading them, and worse in believing them, and still worse in imitating them, when I undertook to follow the arduous calling of knight-errantry which they set forth; for you deny that there ever were Amadises of Gaul or of Greece, or any other of the knights of whom the books are full.
Then who can deny that the story of Pierres and the fair Magalona is true, when even to this day may be seen in the king's armoury the pin with which the valiant Pierres guided the wooden horse he rode through the air, and it is a trifle bigger than the pole of a cart?
O, my Lord, my Lord, behold, I cast myself in faith upon conjecture, not knowing the facts; and I appeal to your Lordship to confirm or deny my logical anticipations.
Wickham, his cruelty towards whom he had not attempted to deny, soon overcame the pity which the consideration of his attachment had for a moment excited.
I deny," said Dom Claude coldly, "neither pharmacy nor the invalid.
Will you deny," said Coictier, "the sympathetic force of the collar bone, and the cabalistics which are derived from it?
I cannot deny having been at Loewestein, your Highness, but I deny having stolen the tulip.
Do you deny having followed me into the garden, on the day when I prepared the border where I was to plant it?
You would not deny that those who have any true notion without intelligence are only like blind men who feel their way along the road?
You deny having ordered a black beard from Parkson's on June
said Allworthy, "will you yet deny what you was formerly convicted of upon such unanswerable, such manifest evidence?
For what purpose should you so strongly deny a fact which I think it would be rather your interest to own?
It mastered it in you (you cannot deny it), because a crazy Cockney cook sharpened a knife.
They deny the justice of property, of capital, of inheritance, while I do not deny this chief stimulus.
I told him how imprudently his brother had managed himself, in making himself so public; for that if he had kept it a secret, as such a thing out to have been, I could but have denied him positively, without giving any reason for it, and he would in time have ceased his solicitations; but that he had the vanity, first, to depend upon it that I would not deny him, and then had taken the freedom to tell his resolution of having me to the whole house.