falsehood

noun
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

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But that came after the falsehood made global headlines. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Flynn Fiasco," 18 Dec. 2018 Harris later tweeted out Kavanaugh’s answer, but didn’t acknowledge the falsehood in her previous tweets. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Kamala Harris' edited Kavanaugh video, 'made-for-TV' questions draw scrutiny," 13 Sep. 2018 In rare cases— where prosecutors could prove the falsehood to be deliberate — people have been convicted of signing false tax returns. David A. Fahrenthold, chicagotribune.com, "The four times Trump signed tax returns for his foundation that contained incorrect information," 22 June 2018 In rare cases - where prosecutors could prove the falsehood to be deliberate - people have been convicted of signing false tax returns. BostonGlobe.com, "The four times Trump signed tax returns for his foundation that contained incorrect information," 22 June 2018 That same day, the House Judiciary Committee approves a fourth article of impeachment, alleging falsehoods in his answers to the 81 questions the committee had asked. Time, "Kansas Man Gets Life Sentence for Shooting Immigrant in Bar After Yelling 'Get Out of My Country!'," 4 May 2018 Secondly, as a uniquely open service, Twitter is a vital source of real-time antidote to day-to-day falsehoods. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s head of public policy is supporting the Kavanaugh nomination, and some employees are livid," 5 Oct. 2018 And that kind of interference could not only end up spreading falsehoods, but also harm a film that might ultimately bolster one’s own cause. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The year’s silliest movie controversy is about the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man," 6 Sep. 2018 The stakes are made clear by the sheer number of falsehoods that emanate from the president’s lips, and from his Twitter account. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "Critics demand networks fact-check Trump’s live immigration speech," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of falsehood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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falsehood

noun

English Language Learners Definition of falsehood

: an untrue statement
: the quality of not being true or accurate : false quality

falsehood

noun
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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