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 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, "Fox News Apologizes For Airing Misleading Graphic Accusing Biden Of Wanting To Curb Meat Consumption," 26 Apr. 2021 And after losing the election to now-President Biden, Trump continued to claim it was stolen, a falsehood that led hundreds of his followers to violently attack the Capitol as Congress was certifying results. Los Angeles Times, "Here are some of the voting restrictions pushed by Republicans in dozens of states," 24 Mar. 2021 But artist Hannah Uzor says that's an argument that rests on a falsehood. CBS News, "How "Bridgerton" hints at the "complete story" of Black Britain," 23 Feb. 2021 Other conservative-leaning outlets and top Republicans, including the party’s national committee chair, Ronna McDaniel, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) echoed the falsehood and decried Harris. Los Angeles Times, "How a photo and a Long Beach book drive led to a false story and attacks on Kamala Harris," 28 Apr. 2021 Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have argued the bill would restrict voting and is based on a falsehood — that there were problems with the 2020 election in Georgia. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Sen. Mike Lee wants to punish Major League Baseball for taking on Georgia’s voting law," 13 Apr. 2021 Somewhere along the line, a falsehood about business developed. Vincent Burruano, Forbes, "Understanding Millennials For Better Leadership," 5 Apr. 2021 So does Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s attempt to banish divisive, falsehood-laden racial theories from public schools. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "A Wake-Up Call for Conservatives," 14 Apr. 2021 Some are interpreting the claim as a reference to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's recent cancellation of Operation Talon, while others are co-opting the falsehood to support baseless QAnon conspiracy theories regarding elite pedophilia. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: ICE officials say Operation Talon cancelation wasn't Biden's decision," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of falsehood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2021

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“Falsehood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falsehood. Accessed 15 May. 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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