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.
Recent Examples on the Web One, that’s very likely untrue and two, ignorance is not an excuse. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: This MLB season will purely be about entertainment," 29 June 2020 Trump allies claimed protesters outside the event were preventing more supporters from coming inside, but reporters at the scene said that was untrue. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "'Biggest mistake you can make in politics': Corey Lewandowski takes shot at Trump campaign over Tulsa turnout," 22 June 2020 This legal argument would be impossible to make if the Administration was claiming that Bolton’s allegations are simply untrue. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "John Bolton’s Epic Score-Settling," 18 June 2020 We are supposed to feel bad for conservatives who complain that white people can’t even get a job anymore because of affirmative action—clearly untrue—or that political correctness is stifling their freedom of thought and expression. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Police Can’t Shake Their Persecution Complex," 17 June 2020 The claim, which experts say is also often politically motivated, is untrue. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: The Irish were indentured servants, not slaves," 17 Mar. 2015 John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, claimed to NBC 5 Chicago that Rush's staff asked law enforcement to go into the office; a spokesman for Rush said this is untrue. TheWeek, "Rep. Bobby Rush: Chicago's largest police union and the KKK are 'like kissing, hugging, and law-breaking cousins'," 15 June 2020 None of this is particularly untrue, but Rogozin's words seem angry and defensive. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russia’s space leader seems pretty bitter about SpaceX’s success," 10 June 2020 At least one point Toomey made turned out to be patently untrue. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Polio, coronavirus draw eerie, similar parallels," 8 June 2020

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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