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falsity

[fawl-si-tee] /ˈfɔl sɪ ti/
noun, plural falsities.
1.
the quality or condition of being false; incorrectness; untruthfulness; treachery.
2.
something false; falsehood.
Origin of falsity
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English falsete < Anglo-French < Late Latin falsitās. See false, -ity
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  • The reason is clear, that he did not believe it: he must have known the falsity of the report.

  • That is a horrible blasphemy, the falsity of which will be seen in the future.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The falsity of the charge against Clay has been proved as nearly as a negative can be.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • There was, in spite of what the girl called her falsity, something generous about her.

    Elsie Marley, Honey

    Joslyn Gray
  • But it is not necessary to expose this falsity in its crude and most violent forms.

    Personality in Literature Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
  • The truth or falsity of these stories of the peones I must leave to the inclination of the reader.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • The readiness with which this cry was raised seemed evidence of its falsity.

  • And they play up to our bit of falsity till there is hell to pay.

British Dictionary definitions for falsity

falsity

/ˈfɔːlsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state of being false or untrue
2.
something false; a lie or deception
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Word Origin and History for falsity
n.

1550s, from Old French fauseté (12c., Modern French fausseté), from Late Latin falsitatem (nominative falsitas), from Latin falsus (see false).

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