noun, plural un·truths [uhn-trooth z, -trooths] /ʌnˈtruðz, -ˈtruθs/.

the state or character of being untrue.
want of veracity; divergence from truth.
something untrue; a falsehood or lie.
Archaic. unfaithfulness; disloyalty.

Origin of untruth

before 900; Middle English; Old English untrēowth. See un-1, truth

Synonym study

3. See falsehood.
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Contemporary Examples of untruth

Historical Examples of untruth

  • First you must have a flogging for having told an untruth, then we will see to the rest.

  • I do not suppose, my dear, that you intentionally told an untruth; it was an exaggeration.

  • "Y—es," he hesitatingly said, for an untruth he would not tell.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • I feared for an instant that you would tell me an untruth, and that would have hurt me.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • But if any one says that this is not my teaching, he is speaking an untruth.



British Dictionary definitions for untruth



the state or quality of being untrue
a statement, fact, etc, that is not true
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Word Origin and History for untruth

Old English untreowþ "unfaithfulness," from un- (1) "not" + truth. Cf. Old Norse utrygð. Meaning "falsehood" is attested from mid-15c., as is that of "a lie."

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