in denial


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in denial

in a state of refusing to believe something that is true. Mary was in denial about her illness and refused treatment. Tom doesn't think he's an alcoholic because he's still in denial.
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The differences in denial rates between white and black or Hispanic applicants have led some to conclude that widespread racial discrimination characterizes home lending.
In addition, innovative mortgage loan programs by many lenders and greater use of affordable home loan programs sponsored by secondary market institutions may also have contributed to the decline in denial rates.
But further steps are needed to close the disparity in denial rates.
when asked if he might be a little racist, being in denial can only mean a cruise down a river whose banks are lined with "f*** lazy thick n***s".