Dictionary

1false

adjective \ˈfls\

: not real or genuine

: not true or accurate; especially : deliberately untrue : done or said to fool or deceive someone

: based on mistaken ideas

fals·erfals·est

Full Definition of FALSE

1
:  not genuine <false documents> <false teeth>
2
a :  intentionally untrue <false testimony>
b :  adjusted or made so as to deceive <false scales> <a trunk with a false bottom>
c :  intended or tending to mislead <a false promise>
3
:  not true <false concepts>
4
a :  not faithful or loyal :  treacherous <a false friend>
b :  lacking naturalness or sincerity <false sympathy>
5
a :  not essential or permanent —used of parts of a structure that are temporary or supplemental
b :  fitting over a main part to strengthen it, to protect it, or to disguise its appearance <a false ceiling>
6
:  inaccurate in pitch <a false note>
7
a :  based on mistaken ideas <false pride>
b :  inconsistent with the facts <a false position> <a false sense of security>
8
:  threateningly sudden or deceptive <don't make any false moves>
false·ly adverb
false·ness noun

Examples of FALSE

  1. Indicate whether each of the following statements is true or false.
  2. He registered at the hotel under a false name.

Origin of FALSE

Middle English fals, faus, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin falsus, from past participle of fallere to deceive
First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of FALSE

faithless, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous, perfidious mean untrue to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance. faithless applies to any failure to keep a promise or pledge or any breach of allegiance or loyalty <faithless allies>. false stresses the fact of failing to be true in any manner ranging from fickleness to cold treachery <betrayed by false friends>. disloyal implies a lack of complete faithfulness to a friend, cause, leader, or country <disloyal to their country>. traitorous implies either actual treason or a serious betrayal of trust <traitorous acts punishable by death>. treacherous implies readiness to betray trust or confidence <a treacherous adviser>. perfidious adds to faithless the implication of an incapacity for fidelity or reliability <a perfidious double-crosser>.

Rhymes with FALSE

2false

adverb

Definition of FALSE

:  in a false or faithless manner :  treacherously <his friends played him false>

First Known Use of FALSE

13th century
FALSE Defined for Kids

1false

adjective \ˈfls\
fals·erfals·est

Definition of FALSE for Kids

1
:  not true, genuine, or honest <false testimony> <false documents> <false teeth>
2
:  not faithful or loyal <false friends>
3
:  not based on facts or sound judgment <a false feeling of security>
4
:  careless 2 <One false step, and he could slip … — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee>
false·ly adverb <She was falsely accused.>

2false

adverb

Definition of FALSE for Kids

:  in a dishonest or misleading manner <He spoke false.>
Medical Dictionary

false

adjective \ˈfls\
fals·erfals·est

Medical Definition of FALSE

1
:  not corresponding to truth or reality <a test for HIV which gave false results>
2
:  artificially made <false teeth>
3
:  of a kind related to or resembling another kind that is usually designated by the unqualified vernacular <false oats>
false·ly adverb
false·ness noun
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
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