false

adjective
\ ˈfȯls How to pronounce false (audio) \
falser; falsest

Definition of false

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not genuine false documents false teeth
2a : intentionally untrue false testimony
b : adjusted or made so as to deceive false scales a trunk with a false bottom
c : intended or tending to mislead a false promise
3 : not true false concepts
4a : not faithful or loyal : treacherous a false friend
b : lacking naturalness or sincerity false sympathy
5a : not essential or permanent used of parts of a structure that are temporary or supplemental
b : fitting over a main part to strengthen it, to protect it, or to disguise its appearance a false ceiling
6 : inaccurate in pitch a false note
7a : based on mistaken ideas false pride
b : inconsistent with the facts a false position a false sense of security
8 : threateningly sudden or deceptive don't make any false moves

false

adverb

Definition of false (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a false or faithless manner : treacherously his friends played him false

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Other Words from false

Adjective

falsely adverb
falseness noun

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Adjective

faithless, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous, perfidious mean untrue to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance. faithless applies to any failure to keep a promise or pledge or any breach of allegiance or loyalty. faithless allies false stresses the fact of failing to be true in any manner ranging from fickleness to cold treachery. betrayed by false friends disloyal implies a lack of complete faithfulness to a friend, cause, leader, or country. disloyal to their country traitorous implies either actual treason or a serious betrayal of trust. traitorous acts punishable by death treacherous implies readiness to betray trust or confidence. a treacherous adviser perfidious adds to faithless the implication of an incapacity for fidelity or reliability. a perfidious double-crosser

Examples of false in a Sentence

Adjective

Indicate whether each of the following statements is true or false. He registered at the hotel under a false name.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In January, a 2015 tweet from Nick Vallelonga resurfaced in which the writer expressed a false and Islamophobic view about Muslims' reactions to 9/11. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Green Book Won Best Picture and Twitter Is Not Happy," 25 Feb. 2019 While the idea of girls asking guys is incredibly heteronormative, the whole concept that there are only people who identify as either girls or boys is entirely false and harmful. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What Even is a Sadie Hawkins Dance and Where Did It Come From?," 14 Feb. 2019 Noteworthy stat: the fact-checkers have collectively branded at least 30,000 links as false over the past two years. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 Through the sacrifice of untold masses of grapes (and 12 microwaves), the researchers showed that this hypothesis—which had never been explained mathematically anyway—was false. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Grapes Spark in the Microwave," 19 Feb. 2019 Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mandy Moore Says Ryan Adams' "Controlling Behavior" Took a Toll on Her Music Career," 14 Feb. 2019 Previously, the site reported on rumors about former President Barack Obama that were shown to be false. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Person upset by abortion stance tipped site to racist photo," 4 Feb. 2019 As the Washington Post noted last December, the president has made over 7,500 false claims during the first 710 days of his presidency. Sean Illing, Vox, "How the media should respond to Trump’s lies: State of the Union edition," 5 Feb. 2019 The Morning Consult/Hollywood Reporter survey also found large majorities who were concerned about harassment and assault in the workplace as well as large majorities concerned about false claims of harassment and assault in the workplace. James Freeman, WSJ, "Are Gillette’s Customers More Toxic than its Management?," 15 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Any assertion otherwise on the latter front rings false given that, as acting commissioner, Selig had to have known about the FBI’s Operation Equine, an early ’90s investigation into PED distribution that included McGwire and Canseco. Jay Jaffe, SI.com, "Roger Clemens, Arguably the Greatest Pitcher of All-Time, Is Trending Toward Hall of Fame Induction," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of false

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for false

Adjective and Adverb

Middle English fals, faus, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin falsus, from past participle of fallere to deceive

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false

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of false

: not real or genuine
: not true or accurate especially : deliberately untrue : done or said to fool or deceive someone
: based on mistaken ideas

false

adjective
\ ˈfȯls How to pronounce false (audio) \
falser; falsest

Kids Definition of false

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not true, genuine, or honest false testimony false documents false teeth
2 : not faithful or loyal false friends
3 : not based on facts or sound judgment a false feeling of security
4 : careless sense 2 One false step, and he could slip …— Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee

Other Words from false

falsely adverb She was falsely accused.

false

adverb

Kids Definition of false (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a dishonest or misleading manner He spoke false.

false

adjective
\ ˈfȯls How to pronounce false (audio) \
falser; falsest

Medical Definition of false

1 : not corresponding to truth or reality a test for HIV which gave false results
2 : artificially made false teeth
3 : of a kind related to or resembling another kind that is usually designated by the unqualified vernacular false oats

Other Words from false

falsely adverb
falseness noun

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false

adjective

Legal Definition of false

1 : not genuine, authentic, or legitimate — compare counterfeit
2a : not true or correct especially : intentionally or knowingly untrue or incorrect injured by false accusations
b : intended to mislead or deceive : deceptive, misleading — compare fraudulent

Other Words from false

falsely adverb
falseness noun

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