1520s; see deny + -al (2). Replaced earlier denyance (mid-15c.). Meaning "unconscious suppression of painful or embarrassing feelings" first attested 1914 in A.A. Brill's translation of Freud's "Psychopathology of Everyday Life"; phrase in denial popularized 1980s.
1. The denial was limited to rejecting the construction put on his remarks.
2. This does not justify the denial of constitutional protection.
3. The Foreign Ministry has issued a flat denial of any involvement.