fal·​si·​ty | \ ˈfȯl-sə-tē How to pronounce falsity (audio) \
plural falsities

Definition of falsity

1 : something false : lie
2 : the quality or state of being false

Examples of falsity in a Sentence

a papal letter condemning secularism and other movements that the church considered to be falsities of the modern age when questioned by his parents about his drug use, the teenager told one blatant falsity after another
Recent Examples on the Web The only way for the court to determine the falsity of that claim would be to litigate the teachings of the Temple. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 28 Apr. 2022 If the plaintiff is a private person, the plaintiff need only prove that the defendant made the statement either knowing its falsity or with negligence, such as by not using reasonable efforts to verify third-party information. Schuyler Moore, Forbes, 19 May 2022 There are other details in the Facebook post that also point to its falsity. Emiliano Tahui Gómez, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 In the era of flush fashion magazine features, her work, alongside both fashion and art-world photographers, blurred falsity and reality, constructed glamour and naturalistic confidence. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 In that instance, the jury found, Bauman did speak with reckless disregard for the statement's truth or falsity, abused his First Amendment privilege and was not acting within the scope of his employment. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2022 Drawing on his own experience, Cash might have broken up the central falsity of the archipelago of glass and steel known as the New South: its equation of whiteness with self-sufficiency and Blackness with dependency. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2021 That’s Hannah Arendt’s ideal subject, that person for whom the difference between truth and falsity no longer matters. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2021 Identifying false claims can be difficult since, misinformation usually contains elements of both truth and falsity, Bergstrom said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 29 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of falsity

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Falsity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falsity. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for falsity


fal·​si·​ty | \ ˈfȯl-sə-tē How to pronounce falsity (audio) \
plural falsities

Kids Definition of falsity

2 : the quality or state of being not true or genuine The jury will determine the truth or falsity of the statement.


fal·​si·​ty | \ ˈfȯl-sə-tē How to pronounce falsity (audio) \
plural falsities

Legal Definition of falsity

1 : something false
2 : the quality or state of being false did not establish the falsity of the statement

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