false belief

Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.false belief - a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
pseudoscience - an activity resembling science but based on fallacious assumptions
misconception - an incorrect conception
logical fallacy - a fallacy in logical argumentation
pathetic fallacy - the fallacy of attributing human feelings to inanimate objects; `the friendly sun' is an example of the pathetic fallacy
sophism, sophistry, sophistication - a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone
paralogism - an unintentionally invalid argument
References in classic literature ?
Because you'll stick it up over your chimney-piece, and delude your visitors into the false belief that a gentleman has been to see you, Sir,' replied Mr.
I suspect that you have some false belief in the virtues of misery, and want to make your life a martyrdom.
In it, a series of linguistic and false belief tasks was administered to children between 3 and 5 years of age on four different occasions.
We had been lulled into a false belief that possibly the idea had been scrapped, then, lo and behold, we are told work is to commence immediately.
Kibria, 33, of Lidget Green, Bradford, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to communicating information known to be false, to cause a false belief that a bomb was present at the school.
Speaking at an Italian Film Festival in November, Father Gabriele Amorth, the official Vatican exorcist, warned that yoga is satanic because it leads to a worship of Hinduism and "all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation.
Wimmer and Perner discovered that none of the 3-year-olds indicated the correct cupboard and therefore concluded that the ability to understand that one can hold a false belief seems to emerge between the ages of 4 and 6.
Mary Baker Eddy, who founded Christian Science, once wrote: "It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness.
The fifth level of perspective taking is based on the principle that people may have false beliefs about an event previously experienced and that knowledge of a person's false belief can help you to predict their actions.
Indeed, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano published an article right before the start of the meeting in which author Father Perez-Soba wrote, "By feeding the false belief that there is no danger, [condoms] have increased the possibility of infection.
Sometimes the location of the ball is consistent with what the creature saw, but sometimes, as with Maxie and his chocolate, the creature has a false belief about the ball's location, expecting the ball to be where the creature last saw it.
For any correct belief that p, the correctness of that belief is attributable to a competence only if it derives from the exercise of that competence in appropriate conditions for its exercise, and that exercise in those conditions would not then too easily have issued a false belief.