false

[fawls]
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adjective, fals·er, fals·est.

adverb

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

Nearby words

  1. fallow,
  2. fallow deer,
  3. falls,
  4. fallujah,
  5. falmouth,
  6. false acacia,
  7. false alarm,
  8. false aloe,
  9. false anemia,
  10. false aneurysm

Idioms

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

Origin of false

before 1000; Middle English, Old English fals < Latin falsus feigned, false, orig. past participle of fallere to deceive; reinforced by or reborrowed from Anglo-French, Old French fals, feminine false < Latin

SYNONYMS FOR false
1. mistaken, incorrect, wrong, untrue. 2. untruthful, lying, mendacious. 3. insincere, hypocritical, disingenuous, disloyal, unfaithful, inconstant, perfidious, traitorous. 4. misleading, fallacious. 5. artificial, spurious, bogus, forged. 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 falseness

false

adjective

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
music
  1. (of a note, interval, etc) out of tune
  2. (of the interval of a perfect fourth or fifth) decreased by a semitone
  3. (of a cadence) interrupted or imperfect

adverb

in a false or dishonest manner (esp in the phrase play (someone) false)
Derived Formsfalsely, adverbfalseness, noun

Word Origin for false

Old English fals, from Latin falsus, from fallere to deceive

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Word Origin and History for falseness
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Idioms and Phrases with falseness

false

In addition to the idioms beginning with false

  • false alarm
  • false colors
  • false start
  • false step

also see:

  • lull into (false sense of security)
  • play false
  • ring false
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