- not true or correct; erroneous: a false statement.
- uttering or declaring what is untrue: a false witness.
- not faithful or loyal; treacherous: a false friend.
- tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive: a false impression.
- not genuine; counterfeit.
- based on mistaken, erroneous, or inconsistent impressions, ideas, or facts: false pride.
- used as a substitute or supplement, especially temporarily: false supports for a bridge.
- Biology. having a superficial resemblance to something that properly bears the name: the false acacia.
- not properly, accurately, or honestly made, done, or adjusted: a false balance.
- inaccurate in pitch, as a musical note.
- dishonestly; faithlessly; treacherously: Did he speak false against me?
- play someone false, to betray someone; be treacherous or faithless.
Origin of false
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Examples from the Web for falsest
Of all false doctrines that of the sour-faced, joyless puritan is the falsest.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
One of the falsest of false generalizations is that which says that "force is no remedy."Freedom In Service
Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw
They were false, but by no means the falsest thing about his mouth.Mushroom Town
Olaf, you think me the falsest of the false, yet I am not altogether so.The Wanderer's Necklace
H. Rider Haggard
If her words were not true, she was indeed the falsest of her sex.Nevermore
- not in accordance with the truth or facts
- irregular or invalida false start
- untruthful or lyinga false account
- not genuine, real, or natural; artificial; fakefalse eyelashes
- being or intended to be misleading or deceptivea false rumour
- disloyal or treacherousa false friend
- based on mistaken or irrelevant ideas or factsfalse pride; a false argument
- (prenominal) (esp of plants) superficially resembling the species specifiedfalse hellebore
- serving to supplement or replace, often temporarilya false keel
- (of a note, interval, etc) out of tune
- (of the interval of a perfect fourth or fifth) decreased by a semitone
- (of a cadence) interrupted or imperfect
- in a false or dishonest manner (esp in the phrase play (someone) false)
Word Origin and History for falsest
late 12c., from Old French fals, faus (12c., Modern French faux) "false, fake, incorrect, mistaken, treacherous, deceitful," from Latin falsus "deceived, erroneous, mistaken," past participle of fallere "deceive, disappoint," of uncertain origin (see fail).
Adopted into other Germanic languages (cf. German falsch, Dutch valsch, Danish falsk), though English is the only one in which the active sense of "deceitful" (a secondary sense in Latin) has predominated. False alarm recorded from 1570s. Related: Falsely; falseness.