fal·si·ty | \ ˈfȯl-sə-tē \
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

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This means that UConn either knowingly published false and defaming information about Ollie or had reckless disregard for the information’s truth or falsity. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 Now, the rankings of search engines are the result of inscrutable and anonymous yet authoritative-seeming processes that can sometimes hide falsity and bias. Edward Tenner, Time, "Search Engines May Seem All-Knowing, But They’re Not. Here’s How to Get More Trustworthy Results," 26 June 2018 As a result, the player would need to prove the coach or owner either knowingly stated false and defaming information or had reckless disregard for the information’s truth or falsity. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Can the NFL or Its Teams Legally Require Players to Stand for the Anthem? NFLPA Doesn't Think So," 8 May 2018 This is one of those questions that I’m always asked about stereotyping: Are stereotypes simply falsities? David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Why we’re told to ‘stand up straight!’," 5 May 2018 The jury was charged, of course, with determining the truth or falsity only of Constand's accusations, on the basis of the evidence presented in court. latimes.com, "Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction matters — a lot," 28 Apr. 2018 Fans eagerly debated the dispute, but that it was even volleyed gives credence to a cultural falsity. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Beyoncé, Kendrick, Kanye, and How the World Seeks to Limit Black Genius," 20 Apr. 2018 If the first half boasts a shimmering ingenuity and ominousness, the second half goes down in a Hindenburg of repetition and falsity and tedium. William Giraldi, Philly.com, "Richard Flanagan's 'First Person': A ghostwriter who fights lies with lies," 6 Apr. 2018 Far worse than its absurdity or its falsity is its gleeful bloodthirstiness: Jay Willis, GQ, "Barcelona and the Bottomless Depravity of Donald Trump," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of falsity

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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 \
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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