Deny
This famous surname recorded in almost every European country since the late Middle Ages, and in such forms as Dennis, Dionis, and Denes, with patronymics Addionisio, Denisov, and Dzeniskevich, is of pre Christian, Ancient Greek origins. It derives from "Dionysios" meaning "the divine one of Nysa", a reference to an early god, who was believed to be the protector of the vine. It is also said that Nysa was a mountain in the modern Afghanistan, where celebrations were held by the Greek army of Alexander, The Great. Whilst St Denis, the bishop of Paris, France, was an early Christian martyr of the 3rd century a.d., it must be said that like most surnames of Christian origins, the "modern" surname owes its popularity to the famous "crusades" of the 12th century, when successive European kings launched expeditions to free the Holy Land from the Saracens. All were unsuccessful, but returning warriors and pilgrims commemorated their exploits by naming their children after ancient or biblical heroes, some of whom only had the very faintest of associations with Christianity. The first country in the world to adopt both hereditary surnames and proper register recordings was England, and it is there that we find the earliest examples of this surname. The first recording of the family name anywhere in the world and in any spelling is believed to be that of Walter Denys, a witness in the year 1272, at the Assize Court of the county of Staffordshire. This was during the reign of King Henry 111 of England, 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" in their spellings, often leading to astonishing variants of the original.

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  • deny — de·ny vt de·nied, de·ny·ing 1: to declare untrue a party...shall admit or deny the averments Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 8(b) compare avoid 2: to refuse to grant denied the moti …   Law dictionary

  • deny — deny, gainsay, contradict, negative, traverse, impugn, contravene are comparable as meaning, when they refer to an act, to declare something untrue, untenable, or unworthy of consideration or, when they refer to a condition, to go counter to what …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Deny — De*ny , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Denied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Denying}.] [OE. denien, denaien, OF. denier, deneer, F. d[ e]nier, fr. L. denegare; de + negare to say no, deny. See {Negation}.] 1. To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deny — [dē nī′, dinī′] vt. denied, denying [ME denien < OFr denier < L denegare < de , intens. + negare, to deny: see NEGATION] 1. to declare (a statement) untrue; contradict 2. to refuse to accept as true or right; reject as unfounded, unreal …   English World dictionary

  • deny — early 14c., from O.Fr. denoiir deny, repudiate, withhold, from L. denegare to deny, reject, refuse (Cf. It. dinegarre, Sp. denegar), from de away (see DE (Cf. de )) + negare refuse, say no, from Old L. nec not, from Italic base …   Etymology dictionary

  • deny — ► VERB (denies, denied) 1) refuse to admit the truth or existence of. 2) refuse to give (something requested or desired) to. 3) (deny oneself) go without. ORIGIN Old French deneier, from Latin denegare, from negare say no …   English terms dictionary

  • Deny — De*ny , v. i. To answer in ??? negative; to declare an assertion not to be true. [1913 Webster] Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. Gen. xviii. 15. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deny —   [də ni], Jean Joseph Thaddée, Orientalist, * Kiew 12. 7. 1879, ✝ Gérardmer 5. 11. 1963; Professor in Paris, verfasste wichtige Arbeiten zur türkischen Sprachforschung, osmanischen Kultur und Verwaltungsgeschichte und zur orientalischen… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • deny — [v] disagree, renounce, decline abjure, abnegate, ban, begrudge, call on, contradict, contravene, controvert, curb, disacknowledge, disallow, disavow, disbelieve, discard, disclaim, discredit, disown, disprove, doubt, enjoin from, eschew, exclude …   New thesaurus

  • deny */*/*/ — UK [dɪˈnaɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms deny : present tense I/you/we/they deny he/she/it denies present participle denying past tense denied past participle denied 1) a) to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of… …   English dictionary

  • deny — de|ny [ dı naı ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of doing: deny (that): A spokesman denied that the company had acted irresponsibly. deny (doing) something: He still denies murdering his… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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