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 ?
Surely the wickedness of falsehood, and breach of faith, cannot possibly be so highly expressed, as in that it shall be the last peal, to call the judgments of God upon the generations of men; it being foretold, that when Christ cometh, he shall not find faith upon the earth.
I, too, have been foully calumniated by our ancient enemy, the Infamous Falsehood, and I wish to point out that I am made of the fur of the MUSTELA MACULATA, which is dirty from birth.
she wondered, and the thought of all that might come of such a chance struck her as so awful and terrible that, without dwelling on it for a moment, she went down to meet him with a bright and radiant face; and conscious of the presence of that spirit of falsehood and deceit in herself that she had come to know of late, she abandoned herself to that spirit and began talking, hardly knowing what she was saying.
Beliefs give knowledge and error; they are the vehicles of truth and falsehood.
He had the unfortunate capacity many men, especially Russians, have of seeing and believing in the possibility of goodness and truth, but of seeing the evil and falsehood of life too clearly to be able to take a serious part in it.
He owned there was something which at first sight appeared like fortitude in the action; but as fortitude was a virtue, and falsehood a vice, they could by no means agree or unite together.
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.
Evasion was the only escape your present life had left her, from telling a downright falsehood.
I believe you are telling me a falsehood, Anne," she said sharply.
And, as I was just now remarking, this ignorance in the soul of him who is deceived may be called the true lie; for the lie in words is only a kind of imitation and shadowy image of a previous affection of the soul, not pure unadulterated falsehood.
This nobleman has two sons, the elder heir to his dignity and apparently to his good qualities; the younger heir to I know not what, unless it be the treachery of Vellido and the falsehood of Ganelon.
Now, in this case, I, who am the right owner, lie under two great disadvantages: first, my lawyer, being practised almost from his cradle in defending falsehood, is quite out of his element when he would be an advocate for justice, which is an unnatural office he always attempts with great awkwardness, if not with ill-will.