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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 ?
Be deaf to yonder artful and remorseless monster, who poisons thy ears with falsehoods to feed his thirst for blood.
He can sit down and write a fine flourishing letter, full of professions and falsehoods, and persuade himself that he has hit upon the very best method in the world of preserving peace at home and preventing his father's having any right to complain.
That was a feeble evasion, but Godfrey was not fond of lying, and, not being sufficiently aware that no sort of duplicity can long flourish without the help of vocal falsehoods, he was quite unprepared with invented motives.
It only remains now for me to tell you the state I was in when in that consent that I heard I saw all my hopes mocked, the words and promises of Luscinda proved falsehoods, and the recovery of the prize I had that instant lost rendered impossible for ever.
But of the many falsehoods told by them, there was one which quite amazed me;--I mean when they said that you should be upon your guard and not allow yourselves to be deceived by the force of my eloquence.
Nevertheless, tramps in want of a lodging keep coming with their mouths full of lies, and not a word of truth; every one who finds his way to Ithaca goes to my mistress and tells her falsehoods, whereon she takes them in, makes much of them, and asks them all manner of questions, crying all the time as women will when they have lost their husbands.
In the home of the witty abbe dwelt incessant laughter; there all the items of the day had their source and were so quickly transformed, misrepresented, metamorphosed, some into epigrams, some into falsehoods, that every one was anxious to pass an hour with little Scarron, listening to what he said, reporting it to others.
But, had the noble Theseus heard these falsehoods, he would have served their slanderous authors as he served the Minotaur
They now considered themselves the dupes of Indian falsehoods, and resolved to put no more confidence in Snakes.
I thought I had allowed for the falsehoods I should have to tell; but I found that in fact when it came to the point I had not.
When my mother answered yes, Madame Roguin told her the falsehoods of those young ladies.
To pass from theological, and philosophical truth, to the truth of civil business; it will be acknowledged, even by those that practise it not, that clear, and round dealing, is the honor of man's nature; and that mixture of falsehoods, is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.