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verb (used with object), fal·si·fied, fal·si·fy·ing.
  1. to make false or incorrect, especially so as to deceive: to falsify income-tax reports.
  2. to alter fraudulently.
  3. to represent falsely: He falsified the history of his family to conceal his humble origins.
  4. to show or prove to be false; disprove: to falsify a theory.
verb (used without object), fal·si·fied, fal·si·fy·ing.
  1. to make false statements.

Origin of falsify

1400–50; late Middle English falsifien < Middle French falsifier < Late Latin falsificāre. See false, -ify
Related formsfal·si·fi·a·ble, adjectivefal·si·fi·a·bil·i·ty, nounfal·si·fi·ca·tion [fawl-suh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˈfɔl sə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounfal·si·fi·er, nounnon·fal·si·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·fal·si·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·fal·si·fied, adjective

Synonyms for falsify

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1, 3. See misrepresent. 4. rebut, discredit, refute, confute, controvert.
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Related Words for falsifier

fibber, fabricator, prevaricator, storyteller, fabulist

Examples from the Web for falsifier

Historical Examples of falsifier

  • Instead, it is too often a treacherous spy, a maligner and falsifier.

    Mal Moule

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • And yet am I not a falsifier and a slanderer of the deepest dye?

    A Defence of Virginia

    Robert L. Dabney

  • It is such a mark of truth as no falsifier has power to imitate.

  • It is astonishing how fully Providence sometimes squares accounts with the falsifier.

  • The man who affirms that they are contented and happy, and do not desire to escape, is either a falsifier or a fool.

British Dictionary definitions for falsifier


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to make (a report, evidence, accounts, etc) false or inaccurate by alteration, esp in order to deceive
  2. to prove false; disprove
Derived Formsfalsifiable, adjectivefalsification (ˌfɔːlsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), nounfalsifier, noun

Word Origin for falsify

C15: from Old French falsifier, from Late Latin falsificāre, from Latin falsus false + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for falsifier



mid-15c., "to prove false," from Middle French falsifier (15c.), from Late Latin falsificare (see falsify). Meaning "to make false" is from c.1500. Earlier verb was simply falsen (c.1200). Related: Falsified; falsifying.

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