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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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 Of course, this doesn’t mean that the stories behind each of these assets are untrue. Rob Berger, Forbes, 29 May 2021 The assertion that the vaccines alter DNA is also untrue. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 Based on her messages, both of these stories appear to be untrue. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 18 May 2021 Some claim that the death of Preakness was the reason for the founding of the Royal Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals, but this is patently untrue since the society was established in 1824. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 13 May 2021 That assessment proved to be untrue, as Tom Brady was once again comfortable in his environment with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, and the Bucs won in a convincing manner. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 One of Ellzey’s top supporters, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, says those allegations are untrue. Dallas News, 26 Apr. 2021 The speculation led to a decrease in voter confidence, which Republicans argue needs to be addressed, though Democratic counterparts say the efforts are unnecessary as the claims that seemingly led to the downturn were untrue. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 20 Apr. 2021 Even as Trump said it, this new excuse from the former President who had incited a mob to march on the Capitol seemed flagrantly untrue. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Untrue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untrue. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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