false friend


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false friend

n.
A word or phrase in one language that is similar in appearance to a word or phrase in another language but has a different meaning, as French actuel, "current," and English actual, "real."

[Translation of French faux ami : faux, false + ami, friend.]

false friend

n
(Linguistics) a word or expression in one language that, because it resembles one in another language, is often wrongly taken to have the same meaning, for example, the French agenda which means diary, not agenda
Translations
faux-ami
References in classic literature ?
The paltry revenge which that false friend had unhesitatingly suspected him of taking was a revenge of which Arnold's nature was simply incapable.
I'm afraid he was rather a false friend," was the professor's answer.
The soldiers, being six in number, had now seized me, and were conducting me to Taunton gaol; but neither my present situation, nor the apprehensions of what might happen to me, were half so irksome to my mind as the company of my false friend, who, having surrendered himself, was likewise considered as a prisoner, though he was better treated, as being to make his peace at my expense.
You may make me suffer for it when you know what I have done; but you will at least be warned in time; you will see your false friend in his true light.
If I had not been a false friend I should not have confided to any one the care of delivering Lyodot and D'Eymeris.
That from the son set forth that Mr Clennam would, he knew, be gratified to hear that he had at length obtained permanent employment of a highly satisfactory nature, accompanied with every prospect of complete success in life; but that the temporary inability of his employer to pay him his arrears of salary to that date (in which condition said employer had appealed to that generous forbearance in which he trusted he should never be wanting towards a fellow-creature), combined with the fraudulent conduct of a false friend and the present high price of provisions, had reduced him to the verge of ruin, unless he could by a quarter before six that evening raise the sum of eight pounds.
He had just read the name of the first false friend, and Isabel had just found the card, when a servant appeared with a message.
If I had shown myself a sensitive dwarf to your false friend,' pursued the little woman, shaking her head at me, with reproachful earnestness, 'how much of his help or good will do you think I should ever have had?
I suggested to mother that he may have been betrayed by some false friend or simply by some cowardly creature.
I that was a great fortune, and passed for such, was above being asked how much my estate was; and my false friend taking it upon a foolish hearsay, had raised it from #500 to
Read what I have written there," he said; "and you will understand what those false friends of mine have made me suffer to-night.
Leonela alone knew of her mistress's weakness, for the two false friends and new lovers were unable to conceal it.