adjective, fals·er, fals·est.
Origin of false
Examples from the Web for falsely
Vasquez had also been told, falsely, that his fingerprints had been found at the scene.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact, far more men are not held accountable for sexual assault than are falsely accused of it.The College Bro’s Burden: Consent and Assault Cast a Shadow on Sexy Times|Amy Zimmerman|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the case of a falsely reassuring prenatal test, there are two possibilities for a lawsuit against a health practitioner.
This is the problem facing the Halls and anyone else who receives a falsely reassuring result on a prenatal test.
She was riding in the van when Isaias falsely decided that she was pregnant.Somaly Mam, This Is What a Real Trafficking Victim Says|Michael Daly|May 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Afghanistan has very little more, though some falsely count fourteen millions.Narrative And Miscellaneous Papers|Thomas De Quincey
Truly she would then in all reason be falsely called Justice, were she to consort with a man all-daring in his soul.
Behold, I am silent: for what need is there that, falsely speaking, I add shamelessness to misfortune?The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.|Euripides
Still, from the little I had seen of them, I did not think that they would have been guilty of falsely accusing a shipmate.Will Weatherhelm|W.H.G. Kingston
The rich were falsely accused of social wrong-doing; they were by no means responsible for poverty.Fruitfulness|Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for falsely
- (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
Word Origin and History for falsely
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.
Idioms and Phrases with falsely
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