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[fawls-hoo d] /ˈfɔls hʊd/
a false statement; lie.
something false; an untrue idea, belief, etc.:
The Nazis propagated the falsehood of racial superiority.
the act of lying or making false statements.
lack of conformity to truth or fact.
Obsolete. deception.
Origin of falsehood
First recorded in 1250-1300, falsehood is from the Middle English word falshede. See false, -hood
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1. Falsehood, fib, lie, untruth refer to something untrue or incorrect. A falsehood is a statement that distorts or suppresses the truth, in order to deceive: to tell a falsehood about one's ancestry in order to gain acceptance. A fib denotes a trivial falsehood, and is often used to characterize that which is not strictly true: a polite fib. A lie is a vicious falsehood: to tell a lie about one's neighbor. An untruth is an incorrect statement, either intentionally misleading (less harsh, however, than falsehood or lie) or arising from misunderstanding or ignorance: I'm afraid you are telling an untruth. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For Edwin disdained the employment of falsehood and disguise.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • When the panic was at its worst they opened their artillery of slander and falsehood.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • What is here meant, is, that we pledge a faith yet unsullied by falsehood, that the statements are true.

    Junius Unmasked Joel Moody
  • "Start again at 'falsehood,'" said the manager briskly to Lenore.

    The Lowest Rung Mary Cholmondeley
  • Is it when expiating the shame of a falsehood that I should call upon men to accept me as truthful?

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for falsehood


the quality of being untrue
an untrue statement; lie
the act of deceiving or lying
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for falsehood

late 13c., falshede, "deceitfulness," also "a lie," from false + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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