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untruth

[uhn-trooth]
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noun, plural un·truths [uhn-trooth z, -trooths] /ʌnˈtruðz, -ˈtruθs/.
  1. the state or character of being untrue.
  2. want of veracity; divergence from truth.
  3. something untrue; a falsehood or lie.
  4. Archaic. unfaithfulness; disloyalty.

Origin of untruth

before 900; Middle English; Old English untrēowth. See un-1, truth

Synonym study

3. See falsehood.
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Examples from the Web for untruth

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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


British Dictionary definitions for untruth

untruth

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

n.

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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