démentir

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dé- +‎ mentir.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /de.mɑ̃.tiʁ/
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Verb[edit]

démentir

  1. to contradict, gainsay (someone)
  2. to deny, refute (rumour etc.)
  3. to belie (appearances)

Conjugation[edit]

This is one of a fairly large group of irregular -ir verbs that are all conjugated the same way. Other members of this group include sortir and dormir. The most significant difference between these verbs' conjugation and that of the regular -ir verbs is that these verbs' conjugation does not use the infix -iss-. Further, this conjugation has the forms (je, tu) démens and (il) dément in the present indicative and imperative, whereas a regular -ir verb would have *démentis and *démentit (as in the past historic).

Descendants[edit]

  • German: dementieren

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