false·hood | \ ˈfȯls-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of falsehood 

1 : an untrue statement : lie

2 : absence of truth or accuracy

3 : the practice of lying : mendacity

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Examples of falsehood in a Sentence

the line between truth and falsehood the possibility of a perpetual motion machine is one falsehood that has been disproved by modern physics

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Mr Putin’s regime, rather like its Soviet predecessor, is built on falsehood and the threat of violence. The Economist, "As the World Cup begins, Russia should free Oleg Sentsov," 14 June 2018 These falsehoods and gross inaccuracies are only being written in the hopes of maligning me for sensationalistic purposes. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Michael Cohen’s D.C. Consulting Career: Scattershot, With Mixed Success," 14 May 2018 Facebook’s efforts to bring in human moderators to vet news stories—by, say, excluding articles from sources that frequently published verifiable falsehoods—exposed the company to charges of censorship. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Unmasking A.I.'s Bias Problem," 25 June 2018 The First Amendment also covers many of Trump’s brazen falsehoods — even if the president himself doesn’t believe them. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Why you can’t penalize all the ‘liars’," 2 May 2018 However, similar falsehoods did not prevent Ridwan Kamil, the modernising mayor of Bandung, from winning the governorship of West Java, a province of 47m people. The Economist, "Local elections in Indonesia prefigure next year’s presidential poll," 28 June 2018 When everyone agrees the cover is factually wrong the elite media can have a better sense why so many Americans are sick of the dishonesty and falsehoods. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Time’s crying girl photo controversy, explained," 22 June 2018 The Center for Immigration Studies is well known for producing shoddy research that demonizes immigrants with falsehoods. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Pick to Run Refugee Program Is a Fellow at Anti-Immigrant Group," 25 May 2018 Preston Maddock, Brown's campaign spokesman, said Trump's attacks were partisan falsehoods. Seth A. Richardson, cleveland.com, "Jim Renacci gets a boost from Donald Trump during presidential visit," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of falsehood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of falsehood was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of falsehood

: an untrue statement

: the quality of not being true or accurate : false quality


false·hood | \ ˈfȯls-ˌhu̇d \

Kids Definition of falsehood

2 : the habit of lying His falsehood ruined our friendship.

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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