il diniego

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun, il diniego, which means refusal or denial. It is often used with the verb, rispondere (rispondere con un diniego), to mean to refuse, as seen in our example below:

Franco chiese all’impiegato se poteva parlare col direttore ma l’impiegato gli rispose con un diniego chiaro: il direttore non poteva riceverlo perché era occupato.

Franco asked the employee if he could speak with the manager, but the employee outright refused: the manager could not see him because he was busy.

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