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falsehood

[fawls-hoo d]
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noun
  1. a false statement; lie.
  2. something false; an untrue idea, belief, etc.: The Nazis propagated the falsehood of racial superiority.
  3. the act of lying or making false statements.
  4. lack of conformity to truth or fact.
  5. Obsolete. deception.
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Origin of falsehood

First recorded in 1250–1300, falsehood is from the Middle English word falshede. See false, -hood

Synonym study

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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Related Words for falsehood

prevarication, deception, falsity, misstatement, cover-up, distortion, perjury, untruth, deceit, sham, dishonesty, fabrication, fallacy, fakery, falseness, canard, fable, story, fiction, fib

Examples from the Web for falsehood

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Historical Examples of falsehood

  • "Captain Haley knows very well the falsehood of what he says," said our hero, calmly.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • His eyes, round and full and steady, taxed her with falsehood, with hypocrisy.

  • When souls have loved, there is no falsehood or forgetfulness.

    Other Tales and Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • It is the falsehood of the silliest poetry to say he defies the image of his beloved.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Was it simply to meet—to talk—and afterwards to tell a falsehood to one's parents?

    The Dream

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for falsehood

falsehood

noun
  1. the quality of being untrue
  2. an untrue statement; lie
  3. the act of deceiving or lying
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for falsehood

n.

late 13c., falshede, "deceitfulness," also "a lie," from false + -hood.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper