falsehood


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false·hood

 (fôls′ho͝od′)
n.
1. An untrue statement; a lie or an inaccuracy.
2. The practice of lying.
3. Lack of conformity to truth or fact; inaccuracy.

falsehood

(ˈfɔːlsˌhʊd)
n
1. the quality of being untrue
2. an untrue statement; lie
3. the act of deceiving or lying

false•hood

(ˈfɔls hʊd)

n.
1. a false statement; lie.
2. something false, as an untrue idea or belief.
3. the act or practice of telling lies; mendacity.
4. lack of conformity to truth or fact; falsity.
[1250–1300]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.falsehood - a false statementfalsehood - a false statement      
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
dodging, scheme, dodge - a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery
lie, prevarication - a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
fable, fabrication, fiction - a deliberately false or improbable account
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
contradiction in terms, contradiction - (logic) a statement that is necessarily false; "the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction"
true statement, truth - a true statement; "he told the truth"; "he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it"
2.falsehood - the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting
knavery, dishonesty - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
frame-up, setup - an act that incriminates someone on a false charge
sophistication - falsification by the use of sophistry; misleading by means of specious fallacies; "he practiced the art of sophistication upon reason"
forgery - criminal falsification by making or altering an instrument with intent to defraud

falsehood

noun
1. untruthfulness, deception, deceit, dishonesty, prevarication, mendacity, dissimulation, perjury, inveracity (rare) She called the verdict a victory of truth over falsehood.
2. lie, story, fiction, fabrication, fib, untruth, porky (Brit. slang), pork pie (Brit. slang), misstatement He accused them of knowingly spreading falsehoods about him.
Quotations
"The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth" [G.C. Lichtenberg]

falsehood

noun
Translations
كَذِب
klamležpodvod
løgnusandhed
ósannindi

falsehood

[ˈfɔːlshʊd] N (= falsity) → falsedad f; (= lie) → mentira f

falsehood

[ˈfɔːlshʊd] n (= lie) → mensonge mfalse imprisonment nséquestration f arbitraire, détention f arbitraire

falsehood

n
(= lie)Unwahrheit f
no pl (of statement etc)Unwahrheit f

falsehood

[ˈfɔːlsˌhʊd] n (frm) (lie) → menzogna
truth and falsehood → il vero e il falso

false

(foːls) adjective
1. not true; not correct. He made a false statement to the police.
2. not genuine; intended to deceive. She has a false passport.
3. artificial. false teeth.
4. not loyal. false friends.
ˈfalsehood noun
(the telling of) a lie. She is incapable of (uttering a) falsehood.
ˈfalsify (-fӕi) verb
to make false. He falsified the accounts.
ˌfalsifiˈcation (-fi-) noun
ˈfalsity noun
false alarm
a warning of something which in fact does not happen.
false start
in a race, a start which is declared not valid and therefore has to be repeated.
References in classic literature ?
It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood.
Every eye was simultaneously bent on his person, as if to inquire into the truth or falsehood of the declaration, with an intelligence and keenness that caused the subject of their scrutiny to tremble for the result.
Will he bear about with him,--no odious grin of feigned benignity, insolent in its pretence, and loathsome in its falsehood,--but the tender sadness of a contrite heart, broken, at last, beneath its own weight of sin?
He had spoken the very truth, and transformed it into the veriest falsehood.
It would abash the most cynical, it would terrify the most selfish; and the voice of mockery would be silenced, and fraud and falsehood would slink back into their dens, and the truth would stand forth alone
That he should never have been able to indulge so amiable a feeling before, passed suspiciously through Emma's brain; but still, if it were a falsehood, it was a pleasant one, and pleasantly handled.
She put it into her hands as she spoke; and when Elinor saw the painting, whatever other doubts her fear of a too hasty decision, or her wish of detecting falsehood might suffer to linger in her mind, she could have none of its being Edward's face.
Brocklehurst; "it is akin to falsehood, and all liars will have their portion in the lake burning with fire and brimstone; she shall, however, be watched, Mrs.
interposed Linton, greatly shocked at the double fault of falsehood and violence which his idol had committed.
The efforts which he had made -bluntly and incautiously, I own, but with the purest and kindest intentions, as I know -- to compose the quarrel before leaving home, were perverted, by the vilest misconstruction, to support an accusation of treachery and falsehood which would have stung any man to the quick.
In what is that man assisting him, who never looks at me without an inscrutable falsehood in his eyes?
I deny this charge I maintain my innocence, and I declare the falsehood of this accusation I challenge the privilege of trial by combat, and will appear by my champion.