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

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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 But there's more to this falsity that pops up again and again. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: In the O.C., the protesters have it — masks are no longer required," 12 June 2020 This difference in personality, as well as in their politics, undoubtedly played a role when Mr Dorsey allowed Twitter to flag two recent tweets from President Donald Trump as unacceptable: one for its falsity, the other for glorifying violence. The Economist, "A tale of two social networks Twitter and Facebook have differing business models," 4 June 2020 Facebook executives have said the company shouldn’t determine truth or falsity in political speech. Billy House, Bloomberg.com, "Pelosi Calls Facebook ‘Shameful’ in Allowing Misinformation," 8 May 2020 Absent clear and convincing evidence of falsity, the Campaign will have an uphill fight on this one. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: President Trump should beware the Streisand effect.," 1 Apr. 2020 This overwhelming need to have LGBT 'representation' everywhere shows the falsity of their cry for equality. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Trump campaign's latest Fox News hire has history of anti-gay remarks," 13 Jan. 2020 The network president also criticized Facebook's policy of accepting advertisements that contain falsities. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "CNN's Jeff Zucker Says He's Interested in Hiring Former Fox News Host Shepard Smith," 24 Oct. 2019 The tour's mission was to showcase American ideals and its racially inclusive sentiments -- a falsity the band would come to experience while traveling domestically in the early '60s. Raj Tawney, Billboard, "The Dave Brubeck Quartet's 'Time Out' at 60: Inside Jazz's First Million-Selling LP," 13 Dec. 2019 Like Hrabal’s earlier exercises in pabeni, his neighbor’s monologue floats beyond truth and falsity. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, "The Violent Insights of Bohumil Hrabal," 19 Nov. 2019

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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 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of falsity

: the quality of not being true or accurate : the quality of being false
: an untrue statement


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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