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Dictionary Definition

falsehood

Noun

1 a false statement [syn: falsity, untruth, false statement] [ant: truth]
2 the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting [syn: falsification]

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English

Etymology

Combination of false and the suffix hood.

Pronunciation

  • /'fals hUd/

Noun

  1. The state of being false.
  2. A false statement, esp. an intentional one; a lie
    Don't tell falsehoods.
  3. The trait of a person who is mendacious and deceitful. (Obscure)

Translations

state of being false
false statement
trait of a person

Extensive Definition

False is the antonym of the adjective true.
False may also refer to:
  • FALSE, an esoteric stack-oriented programming language
  • false, a Unix utility

See also

falsehood in Italian: Falso

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

blague, canard, cock-and-bull story, credibility gap, deceit, dishonesty, dissimulation, distortion, erroneousness, error, exaggeration, fabrication, fairy tale, fakery, fallaciousness, fallacy, falseness, falsity, farfetched story, farrago, feigning, fib, fibbery, fibbing, fiction, fish story, flam, flimflam, fraud, ghost story, half-truth, inveracity, legal fiction, lie, little white lie, lying, mendaciousness, mendacity, misrepresentation, misstatement, mythomania, pious fiction, pretense, prevarication, pseudology, sham, slight stretching, story, tale, tall story, tall tale, taradiddle, trumped-up story, truthlessness, untrueness, untruth, untruthfulness, unveraciousness, white lie, yarn
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