- not true or correct; erroneous: a false statement.
- uttering or declaring what is untrue: a false witness.
- not faithful or loyal; treacherous: a false friend.
- tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive: a false impression.
- not genuine; counterfeit.
- based on mistaken, erroneous, or inconsistent impressions, ideas, or facts: false pride.
- used as a substitute or supplement, especially temporarily: false supports for a bridge.
- Biology. having a superficial resemblance to something that properly bears the name: the false acacia.
- not properly, accurately, or honestly made, done, or adjusted: a false balance.
- inaccurate in pitch, as a musical note.
- dishonestly; faithlessly; treacherously: Did he speak false against me?
- play someone false, to betray someone; be treacherous or faithless.
Origin of false
SynonymsSee more synonyms for false on Thesaurus.com
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
December 16, 2014
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
August 22, 2014
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
May 31, 2014
It would grieve me too deeply if you were to speak to me falsely again.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The sanctity of human life is the canting cry of the falsely sentimental.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
My dear friend, how falsely do we and all the Hellenes speak about the sun and moon!Laws
By praising you falsely or by persuading you to try to be a good man?The Memorabilia
And when it is all done, effectively, falsely—what is there?Another Sheaf
- not in accordance with the truth or facts
- irregular or invalida false start
- untruthful or lyinga false account
- not genuine, real, or natural; artificial; fakefalse eyelashes
- being or intended to be misleading or deceptivea false rumour
- disloyal or treacherousa false friend
- based on mistaken or irrelevant ideas or factsfalse pride; a false argument
- (prenominal) (esp of plants) superficially resembling the species specifiedfalse hellebore
- serving to supplement or replace, often temporarilya false keel
- (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
- in a false or dishonest manner (esp in the phrase play (someone) 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