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

Other Words from untrue

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

Examples of untrue in a Sentence

He made untrue statements to the press. Her lover had been untrue.
Recent Examples on the Web Regulators will keep an eye out for deceptive, misleading, and untrue advertising; ads will be targeted to adults over the age of 21; and there will be no pop-up ads or text messages from operators. Michael Silverman, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 These cultural ties are vital, and placing a certain cultural food or diet as top tier is unnecessary and untrue. SELF, 18 June 2022 The picture that is being painted of me is ugly and untrue. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2022 From a legal perspective, defamation is considered a high bar: If a public figure, the plaintiff must prove a statement is not only untrue, but that it was made with malice. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2022 Count me as a Democrat disappointed by the way my party has responded to Donald Trump—with narratives that often prove untrue. Ted Van Dyk, WSJ, 12 June 2022 Fears companies might delist as a result proved untrue. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 8 June 2022 Trolls appeared on social media arguing his interpretation of the catechism was wicked and untrue. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 1 June 2022 Tri-Corp claimed critical public statements Bauman made about Tri-Corp were untrue and defamatory and led to it losing its main customer, Milwaukee County. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of untrue

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

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“Untrue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untrue. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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