un·​true | \ ˌən-ˈtrü How to pronounce untrue (audio) \

Definition of untrue

1 : not faithful : disloyal
2 : not according with a standard of correctness : not level or exact
3 : not according with the facts : false

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untruly \ ˌən-​ˈtrü-​lē How to pronounce untruly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of untrue in a Sentence

He made untrue statements to the press. Her lover had been untrue.

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That, at least in Walmart’s case, appears to be untrue. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Walmart flexes in the fourth quarter, beats all expectations," 20 Feb. 2019 My own life, and my research and reporting, along with interacting with hundreds of mothers in the past two years, has convinced me this is untrue. Katherine Goldstein, Vox, "I was a Sheryl Sandberg superfan. Then her “Lean In” advice failed me.," 6 Dec. 2018 That the rumor turns out to be untrue is beside the point, as this is a novel in which reality is shaped by gossip and conspiracies. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Critical Mass of Absurdist Misapprehensions," 30 Nov. 2018 And people do publish things on WordPress and some are untrue and things like that. Eric Johnson, Recode, "The tech industry needs to reckon with the dark side of advertising, WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg says," 2 Aug. 2018 There's a totally untrue and unfair stereotype of Jewish women as being high maintenance, so some are seeing this as a reference to that stereotype. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "People are Seriously Upset at Nordstrom for Selling this "Offensive" Hanukkah Sweater," 16 Nov. 2015 Coal, steel and now natural gas: To suggest that the county’s residents have just been bamboozled by greedy industry sounds to them like the bleating of condescending elites and, for a number of locals, simply untrue. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "A Community Cracked Open by Fracking," 13 June 2018 The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Time's Up Wants CBS to Donate All of Les Moonves' $120 Million Severance," 12 Sep. 2018 Cuomo claimed that these things were untrue — emphasizing his history fighting for New Yorkers, especially battling President Donald Trump since 2016. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Cynthia Nixon Challenged Andrew Cuomo on Legalizing Pot and Medicare for All at Their Only Scheduled Debate," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of untrue

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of untrue was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of untrue

: not true
literary + old-fashioned : not loyal to someone or something : not honest


un·​true | \ ˌən-ˈtrü How to pronounce untrue (audio) \

Kids Definition of untrue

1 : not correct : false
2 : not faithful : disloyal

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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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