false·​hood | \ ˈfȯls-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce falsehood (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web If truth was a casualty of populism, then falsehood is a casualty of COVID-19. Paul Laudicina, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The coup falsehood was just one piece of misinformation that has gone viral in right-wing circles ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3. Davey Alba, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2020 Still, Albert added that students deserve to know what's going on in the U.S. and around the world, and telling partial truths equates to a falsehood. Emily Bloch, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 PolitiFact's homepage is full of evidence of that, from a falsehood about Biden's mask usage to a viral lie about the Covid death toll. Brian Stelter, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 The ex-President's planned resumption of rallies next month will bring that anti-democratic stream of falsehood to a wider audience. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 2 June 2021 An April editorial added: The public debate on Georgia’s new voting law has become a stew of falsehood, propaganda and panic... James Freeman, WSJ, 17 May 2021 The effects of Cartwright's falsehood, and others like it, linger today. Jacque Smith, CNN, 25 Apr. 2021 The falsehood originates from a misleading Daily Mail article, which discussed possible ways Biden and the U.S. could meet the ambitious 50% emissions cut. Jack Brewster, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of falsehood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Falsehood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falsehood. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce falsehood (audio) \

Kids Definition of falsehood

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

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