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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Cabot, which has long denied responsibility, has been waging a fierce PR and legal campaign against Kemble and other fracking opponents who the company says are funded by deep-pocketed environmental groups to spread falsehoods about Cabot. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "Gas driller backs off demand to have man thrown in jail," 4 Feb. 2019 Atrium, which has countersued Mednax and Southeast for defamation, calls the advertisements part of a smear campaign bent on spreading falsehoods. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Group seeks court order to stop Atrium from using new anesthesiologists July 1 | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 Hence, conservative Americans are more likely than liberals to believe falsehoods about the other side. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 Even the left-leaning Politifact has whistled Mr. Sanders for a series of falsehoods about businesses, workers and his policies, among other topics. James Freeman, WSJ, "Amazon vs. Bernie Sanders," 30 Aug. 2018 In a flurry of tweets and retweets, Ms. Barr dabbled in far-right conspiracy theories old and new that included falsehoods about a frequent bogeyman, George Soros, the billionaire and progressive philanthropist. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "Smears of George Soros Resurface in Roseanne’s Twitter Tantrum," 29 May 2018 This is where Hubbard played an important role in SF history, for Mr. Nevala-Lee demonstrates that Hubbard was otherwise uninterested in science or bothered by such fine distinctions as truth and falsehood. Michael Saler, WSJ, "It Came From the Future," 18 Oct. 2018 Saying that he’s never dealt with the investigation of a political party may seem like a falsehood but Mr. Comey argues that his bureau was not investigating the 2016 Trump campaign as a whole but particular people associated with it. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Unbelievable James Comey," 10 Dec. 2018 To print such a falsehood on the front page of a major newspaper is outrageous. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla subpoenaed in the SEC’s Model 3 investigation," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of falsehood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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