un·true | \ˌən-ˈtrü \

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 \ adverb

Examples of untrue in a Sentence

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

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But the bathing ritual? Totally untrue, as Carey recently confirmed to Guardian writer Simon Hattenstone. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Mariah Carey, An Icon, Bathes In Cold Milk," 5 June 2018 In the aftermath of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, the Broward school district has tried to keep information from the public and put out untrue and misleading statements, frustrating parents who say this is the time for transparency. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "School district shuts down information after Stoneman Douglas shooting," 12 May 2018 His representatives say that the narrative surrounding the incident is untrue and is being called into question by witnesses. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Excluded from Texas A&M workout after arrest, Zaycoven Henderson has Texans workout," 6 Apr. 2018 Ferris, who played a key role in writing the 1980 Groundwater Management Act that created the 100-year requirement, said Griffin’s claim that Cochise has plenty of water is simply untrue. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Arizona aquifers are in trouble, but lawmakers want fewer rules for pumping groundwater," 4 Apr. 2018 These accusations are completely without merit and absolutely untrue. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Fred Savage Denies Physical Assault Claim by The Grinder Costume Designer," 21 Mar. 2018 Shulkin said in an email sent by a spokeswoman: ‘‘These allegations are simply untrue. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump plans to replace McMaster, maybe others," 16 Mar. 2018 Trump has also repeatedly noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin said that information in the Steele dossier was untrue. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, "Read the 191 Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation," 7 June 2018 As for the idea that the conditions asylum-seekers face today aren’t really America’s problem unlike those of Jim Crow refugees, that’s just patently untrue. Jason Johnson, The Root, "It’s Not Slavery, It’s Not Japanese Internment: Trump’s Immigration Policy Is Like the Great Migration," 20 June 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

: not loyal to someone or something : not honest


un·true | \ˌən-ˈtrü \

Kids Definition of untrue

1 : not correct : false

2 : not faithful : disloyal

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