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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.]

false′ly adv.
false′ness n.


  1. Deceptive as a cat’s fur —Margaret Atwood
  2. 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.

  3. Deceptive as new paint on a second-hand car —Herbert V. Prochnow
  4. False as a lead coin —George Garrett
  5. Falser than a weeping crocodile —John Dryden
  6. Falser than malice in the mouth of envy —Mary Pin
  7. Good and true as morning —Babs H. Deal
  8. Right as rain —William Raymond

    An older, less commonly used version from Shakespeare’s Richard III: “Right as snow in harvest.”

  9. Ring as true as chapel bells on a windless morning —Anon
  10. Ring true, like good china —Sylvia Plath
  11. True as life itself —Louis Bromfield
  12. True as the dial to the sun —Barton Booth
  13. (I found him large as life and) true as the needle to the pole —Henry James
  14. True as the sky is blue —James Reiss
  15. True as truth —Louis Bromfield
  16. The true is stripped from the false like bone from meat —George Garrett
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
infidelity, unfaithfulness - the quality of being unfaithful
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




[ˈfɔːlsnɪs] N
1. (= incorrectness) [of argument, claim] → falsedad f; [of assumption] → lo equivocado
2. (= insincerity) → falsedad f
3. (o.f.) (= disloyalty) [of friend] → deslealtad f, perfidia f; [of lover] → infidelidad f


(of statement etc)Unrichtigkeit f, → Falschheit f; (of promise)Unaufrichtigkeit f, → Falschheit f
(= artificiality: of pearls, eyelashes etc) → Unechtheit f
(= unfaithfulness: of lover etc) → Untreue f, → Treulosigkeit f


[ˈfɔːlsnɪs] nfalsità
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But my kind reader will please to remember that this history has "Vanity Fair" for a title, and that Vanity Fair is a very vain, wicked, foolish place, full of all sorts of humbugs and falsenesses and pretensions.