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adj. fals·er, fals·est
1. Contrary to fact or truth: false tales of bravery.
2. Deliberately untrue: delivered false testimony under oath.
3. Arising from mistaken ideas: false hopes of writing a successful novel.
4. Intentionally deceptive: a suitcase with a false bottom; false promises.
5. Not keeping faith; treacherous: a false friend. See Synonyms at faithless.
6. Not genuine or real: false teeth; false documents.
7. Erected temporarily, as for support during construction.
8. Resembling but not accurately or properly designated as such: a false thaw in January; the false dawn peculiar to the tropics.
9. Music Of incorrect pitch.
10. Unwise; imprudent: Don't make a false move or I'll shoot.
11. Computers Indicating one of two possible values taken by a variable in Boolean logic or a binary device.
In a treacherous or faithless manner: play a person false.
[Middle English fals, from Old English, counterfeit, and from Old French, false, both from Latin falsus, from past participle of fallere, to deceive.]
- Deceptive as a cat’s fur —Margaret Atwood
- Deceptive as a Venus flytrap —Vivian Raynor, New York Times, February 27, 1987
Ms. Raynor’s simile refers to the fleeting and misleading resemblance of one artist’s work to another’s.
- Deceptive as new paint on a second-hand car —Herbert V. Prochnow
- False as a lead coin —George Garrett
- Falser than a weeping crocodile —John Dryden
- Falser than malice in the mouth of envy —Mary Pin
- Good and true as morning —Babs H. Deal
- Right as rain —William Raymond
An older, less commonly used version from Shakespeare’s Richard III: “Right as snow in harvest.”
- Ring as true as chapel bells on a windless morning —Anon
- Ring true, like good china —Sylvia Plath
- True as life itself —Louis Bromfield
- True as the dial to the sun —Barton Booth
- (I found him large as life and) true as the needle to the pole —Henry James
- True as the sky is blue —James Reiss
- True as truth —Louis Bromfield
- The true is stripped from the false like bone from meat —George Garrett
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|Noun||1.||falseness - the state of being false or untrue; "argument could not determine its truth or falsity"|
irreality, unreality - the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact
spuriousness - state of lacking genuineness
|2.||falseness - unfaithfulness by virtue of being unreliable or treacherous|
|3.||falseness - the quality of not being open or truthful; deceitful or hypocritical|
hypocrisy - insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
untruthfulness - the quality of being untruthful