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[uhn-trooth] /ʌnˈtruθ/
noun, plural untruths
[uhn-trooth z, -trooths] /ʌnˈtruðz, -ˈtruθs/ (Show IPA)
the state or character of being untrue.
want of veracity; divergence from truth.
something untrue; a falsehood or lie.
Archaic. unfaithfulness; disloyalty.
Origin of untruth
before 900; Middle English; Old English untrēowth. See un-1, truth
Synonym Study
3. See falsehood. Unabridged
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  • First you must have a flogging for having told an untruth, then we will see to the rest.

  • I do not suppose, my dear, that you intentionally told an untruth; it was an exaggeration.

  • "Y—es," he hesitatingly said, for an untruth he would not tell.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I feared for an instant that you would tell me an untruth, and that would have hurt me.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • But if any one says that this is not my teaching, he is speaking an untruth.

    Apology Plato
  • He regretted that, being as he was convinced of its untruth.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • His kind is too arrogant, too self-confident to have recourse to untruth.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for untruth


the state or quality of being untrue
a statement, fact, etc, that is not true
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Word Origin and History for untruth

Old English untreowþ "unfaithfulness," from un- (1) "not" + truth. Cf. Old Norse utrygð. Meaning "falsehood" is attested from mid-15c., as is that of "a lie."

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