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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With the separate households now official, untrue rumors of a feud between the two couples will no doubt resurface, but Kensington Palace stresses that this move has long been on the cards for Harry. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Harry and Meghan’s Split from William and Kate to Start Their Own Royal Household," 15 Mar. 2019 Some of China Times’ reported claims are flatly untrue. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China: Our Hypersonic Missiles Can Sink U.S. Aircraft Carriers," 23 Jan. 2019 Despite the crazy and seemingly untrue rumors of feuds and issues, and despite what is probably legitimately an insane time for the couple, apparently both of them could not be happier. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Say This Is the Happiest Time of Their Lives," 17 Jan. 2019 And then there would be a defamation campaign against you, saying all sort of untrue things. Bijan Hosseini, CNN, "Saudi Arabia 'temporarily' frees activists who want women to be able to drive," 3 June 2018 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

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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
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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