false

[ fawls ]
/ fɔls /

adjective, fals·er, fals·est.

adverb

dishonestly; faithlessly; treacherously: Did he speak false against me?

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Idioms for false

    play someone false, to betray someone; be treacherous or faithless.

Origin of false

First recorded before 1000; Middle English, Old English fals, from Latin falsus “feigned, false,” originally past participle of fallere “to deceive”; reinforced by or reborrowed from Anglo-French, Old French fals (feminine false ), from Latin

synonym study for false

5. False, sham, counterfeit agree in referring to something that is not genuine. False is used mainly of imitations of concrete objects; it sometimes implies an intent to deceive: false teeth; false hair. Sham is rarely used of concrete objects and usually has the suggestion of intent to deceive: sham title; sham tears. Counterfeit always has the implication of cheating; it is used particularly of spurious imitation of coins, paper money, etc.

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British Dictionary definitions for false

false
/ (fɔːls) /

adjective

adverb

in a false or dishonest manner (esp in the phrase play (someone) false)

Derived forms of false

falsely, adverbfalseness, noun

Word Origin for false

Old English fals, from Latin falsus, from fallere to deceive
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Idioms and Phrases with false

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