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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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 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

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First Known Use of untrue

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

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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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