- a false statement; lie.
- something false; an untrue idea, belief, etc.: The Nazis propagated the falsehood of racial superiority.
- the act of lying or making false statements.
- lack of conformity to truth or fact.
- Obsolete. deception.
Origin of falsehood
1. Falsehood, fib, lie, untruth refer to something untrue or incorrect. A falsehood is a statement that distorts or suppresses the truth, in order to deceive: to tell a falsehood about one's ancestry in order to gain acceptance. A fib denotes a trivial falsehood, and is often used to characterize that which is not strictly true: a polite fib. A lie is a vicious falsehood: to tell a lie about one's neighbor. An untruth is an incorrect statement, either intentionally misleading (less harsh, however, than falsehood or lie) or arising from misunderstanding or ignorance: I'm afraid you are telling an untruth.
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Examples from the Web for falsehood
But later that day, NBC, CBS, and the Los Angeles Times all reported the same “falsehood,” also citing law-enforcement sources.Boston Marathon Bombing Media Errors Pile Up, as Does the Outrage
April 18, 2013
Its central rationale was conceived in a falsehood, that Romney the financial manipulator at Bain was a prolific job creator.Why Believe Romney Now, After His Lies on Medicare, Bain & Taxes?
August 22, 2012
In Pakistan, truth or falsehood are categories that don't mean what they do elsewhere on earth.Pakistan's Judicial Coup
June 19, 2012
It has responded by creating its own, alternative reality, ideologically consistent but full of falsehood.The Democrats' Birther Book Boon
April 21, 2011
It is a struggle between Truth and Falsehood, until God Almighty inherits the earth and those who live in it.How to Win the War on Terror
April 17, 2009
"Captain Haley knows very well the falsehood of what he says," said our hero, calmly.Brave and Bold
His eyes, round and full and steady, taxed her with falsehood, with hypocrisy.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
When souls have loved, there is no falsehood or forgetfulness.Other Tales and Sketches
It is the falsehood of the silliest poetry to say he defies the image of his beloved.Weighed and Wanting
Was it simply to meet—to talk—and afterwards to tell a falsehood to one's parents?The Dream
- the quality of being untrue
- an untrue statement; lie
- the act of deceiving or lying
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Word Origin and History for falsehood
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