falsehood

noun false·hood \ ˈfȯls-ˌhu̇d \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of falsehood

1 : an untrue statement : lie
2 : absence of truth or accuracy
3 : the practice of lying : mendacity

Examples of falsehood in a Sentence

  1. the line between truth and falsehood

  2. the possibility of a perpetual motion machine is one falsehood that has been disproved by modern physics

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First Known Use of falsehood

13th century


FALSEHOOD Defined for English Language Learners

falsehood

noun

Definition of falsehood for English Language Learners

  • : an untrue statement

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


FALSEHOOD Defined for Kids

falsehood

noun false·hood \ ˈfȯls-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of falsehood for Students

1 : 3lie
2 : the habit of lying
  • His falsehood ruined our friendship.


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