Deny vs Invoke - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between deny and invoke

is that deny is to refuse to give or grant something to someone while invoke is to solicit, petition for, appeal to a favorable attitude.

As verbs the difference between deny and invoke

is that deny is to not allow while invoke is to call upon (a person, especially a god) for help, assistance or guidance.

deny

English

Verb

(en-verb)
  • To not allow.
  • I wanted to go to the party, but I was denied .
  • * 1847 , Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey Chapter XVI
  • 'Do! pray do! I shall be the most miserable of men if you don't. You cannot be so cruel as to deny me a favour so easily granted and yet so highly prized!' pleaded he as ardently as if his life depended on it.
  • To assert that something is not true.
  • I deny that I was at the party.
    Everyone knows he committed the crime, but he still denies it.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 1 , author=James Robinson and Lisa O'Carroll , title=Phone hacking: NoW warned about 'culture of illegal information access' , work=The Guardian citation , page= , passage=But Myler and Crone told the committee in September that they had made Murdoch aware at the 10 June 2008 meeting that hacking was not restricted to a single journalist. They claimed this was the reason Murdoch agreed to settle the Taylor's case. James Murdoch subsequently wrote to the committee to deny this. }}
  • To disallow
  • to refuse to give or grant something to someone
  • My father denied me a good education.
  • * J. Edwards
  • To some men, it is more agreeable to deny a vicious inclination, than to gratify it.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2008 , date=April 12 , author= , title=Mother denied daughter's organs , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=A mother who urgently needs a kidney transplant has branded the system which denied her the organs of her dying daughter as "ridiculous".}}
  • (sports) To prevent from scoring.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 3 , author=Chris Bevan , title=Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Another Karadeniz cross led to Cudicini's first save of the night, with the Spurs keeper making up for a weak punch by brilliantly pushing away Christian Noboa's snap-shot.
    Two more top-class stops followed quickly afterwards, first from Natcho's rasping shot which was heading into the top corner, and then to deny Ryazantsev at his near post.}}
  • To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, etc.; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow.
  • * Bancroft
  • the falsehood of denying his opinion
  • * Keble
  • thou thrice denied , yet thrice beloved
  • (obsolete) To refuse (to do or accept something).
  • * Shakespeare
  • if you deny to dance

    Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing) . See

    Synonyms

    (assert something is not true) gainsay, contradict, withsay

    Antonyms

    (not allow) allow (assert something is true) confirm, affirm

    Derived terms

    * deniability * denier

    invoke

    English

    Alternative forms

    * envoke

    Verb

    (invok)
  • To call upon (a person, especially a god) for help, assistance or guidance.
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  • To appeal for validation to a (notably cited) authority.
  • In certain Christian circles invoking the Bible constitutes irrefutable proof.
  • To conjure up with incantations.
  • This satanist ritual invokes Beelzebub.
  • To bring about as an inevitable consequence.
  • Blasphemy is taboo as it may invoke divine wrath.
  • To solicit, petition for, appeal to a favorable attitude.
  • The envoy invoked the King of Kings's magnanimity to reduce his province's tribute after another draught.
  • (computing) To cause (a program or subroutine) to execute.
  • Interactive programs let the users enter choices and invoke the corresponding routines.
  • * C++ lets you invoke an operator function either by calling the function or by using the overloaded operator with its usual syntax. — Stephen Prata.
  • Synonyms

    * invocate * (sense) call, execute, run

    Derived terms

    * invoker