adjective, fals·er, fals·est.
Origin of false
Synonyms for false
Related Words for falsefake, untrue, distorted, mistaken, improper, erroneous, fanciful, untruthful, incorrect, deceitful, invalid, fictitious, bogus, misleading, faulty, inaccurate, spurious, phony, specious, unfounded
Examples from the Web for false
Contemporary Examples of false
He has contributed to a false picture of law enforcement based on isolated injustices.
And no issue should be defined by its outliers because it paints a false picture.
He quotes an unnamed cardinal saying that the conclave voters knew the charges were false.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
Once people with ID are arrested, they are particularly susceptible to making coerced and often false confessions.
He maintains a list of people with ID whom he believes were unjustly convicted after false confessions.
Historical Examples of false
It was not that she could not say "I have done no wickedness;" let us place this heroine in no false light.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She could feel its false precision, its intention, its repulse of her.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The happy man is he who knows his limitations, yet bows to no false gods.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Had her father forced her into the false position in which she found herself?Weighed and Wanting
But Mammon was never the name of an idol or other form of false deity.The Conquest of Fear
- (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
Word Origin for false
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with false
- false alarm
- false colors
- false start
- false step
- lull into (false sense of security)
- play false
- ring false