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adjective un·truth·ful \-ˈtrüth-fəl\

: not telling the truth : not truthful

Full Definition of UNTRUTHFUL

:  not containing or telling the truth :  false, inaccurate <an untruthful report>
un·truth·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
un·truth·ful·ness noun

Examples of UNTRUTHFUL

  1. <an unintentionally untruthful statement that the candidate later corrected>
  2. <the political action committee was slammed for spreading untruthful smears about the candidate and his wife>

First Known Use of UNTRUTHFUL

circa 1843

Synonym Discussion of UNTRUTHFUL

dishonest, deceitful, mendacious, untruthful mean unworthy of trust or belief. dishonest implies a willful perversion of truth in order to deceive, cheat, or defraud <a swindle usually involves two dishonest people>. deceitful usually implies an intent to mislead and commonly suggests a false appearance or double-dealing <the secret affairs of a deceitful spouse>. mendacious may suggest bland or even harmlessly mischievous deceit and when used of people often suggests a habit of telling untruths <mendacious tales of adventure>. untruthful stresses a discrepancy between what is said and fact or reality <an untruthful account of their actions>.
UNTRUTHFUL Defined for Kids


adjective un·truth·ful \ˌən-ˈtrüth-fəl\

Definition of UNTRUTHFUL for Kids

:  not containing or telling the truth :  false
un·truth·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb


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