- to make false or incorrect, especially so as to deceive: to falsify income-tax reports.
- to alter fraudulently.
- to represent falsely: He falsified the history of his family to conceal his humble origins.
- to show or prove to be false; disprove: to falsify a theory.
- to make false statements.
Origin of falsify
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Related Wordscontravene, pervert, exaggerate, contradict, misstate, distort, deceive, fake, forge, counterfeit, traverse, color, twist, prevaricate, lie, doctor, equivocate, gloss, fib, change
Examples from the Web for falsify
To ignore it, and it is too commonly ignored, is to falsify every issue.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
To do that would be to falsify history and disregard the artistic canons.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
What motive could any of us have had to mislead or falsify the history of the war.A Military Genius
Sarah Ellen Blackwell
But we must not falsify observation to avoid theoretical difficulties.The Analysis of Mind
To forget it, and it is commonly forgotten, is to falsify every issue.First and Last Things
H. G. Wells
- to make (a report, evidence, accounts, etc) false or inaccurate by alteration, esp in order to deceive
- to prove false; disprove
Word Origin and History for falsify
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.