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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That's critical to evaluating bogus information, because many falsehoods have evolved past text and links to images accompanied by extended captions, a format that is harder for software to spot. chicagotribune.com, "Facebook's battle against fake news reaches Mexico ahead of July 1 election," 23 June 2018 Republicans are well aware of Mr. Trump’s excesses and falsehoods. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Never Conservatives," 3 Oct. 2018 Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, meanwhile, has been peddling falsehoods about the role his country has been playing in the war in Yemen. T.a. Frank, The Hive, "The Real Horror Of the Trump Doctrine: There Is No Method to the Madness," 15 May 2018 Clearly, Maher was venting his spleen at the president, whose falsehoods have continued to accumulate since his inauguration. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Why you can’t penalize all the ‘liars’," 2 May 2018 So the Trump administration couldn’t use simple errors or harmless falsehoods as reasons for stripping anyone of citizenship. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Can the Trump administration legally strip immigrants of citizenship?," 12 June 2018 Maybe that’s a sign that the American people are becoming inured to Trump’s falsehoods & distortions. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trade war will tariff us apart," 7 July 2018 As everyone seeks to gain answers while watching the calamity unfold in real time, several truths have been lost and falsehoods put forth. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Here Are the Facts About Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy," 19 June 2018 The spread of Russian disinformation and hoaxes on YouTube and Facebook has raised questions about the role of technology platforms in displaying and amplifying falsehoods, contributing to a climate of distrust and social division. Author: Elizabeth Dwoskin, Craig Timberg, Anchorage Daily News, "How merchants quietly use Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviews," 24 Apr. 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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