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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In the end, the investigation found that all the claims in the letter were untrue, and all concerns would be considered acknowledged and settled. Amelia Harnish, refinery29.com, "Frat Feminism: Inside The Rise And Fall Of Babe.Net," 25 June 2019 For a long time, tool use was considered a quintessentially human activity, but decades of research has exposed that as simply untrue. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These monkeys are 3,000 years into their own 'Stone Age'," 24 June 2019 And that's not entirely untrue (though Melatonin and CBD gummies have been just as instrumental in shutting down my nonstop thought trains and late-night neuroses). Brennan Carley, GQ, "The Cabin at the End of the World," 26 June 2018 People who have been accused by 20 women, 50 women, 100 women of abuse and abuse and abuse — and I, who was only accused by one woman in a child custody case which was looked at and proven to be untrue, I get lumped in with these people. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Woody Allen Says He Should Be the #MeToo ‘Poster Boy’," 4 June 2018 The books denounce evolution as untrue, for example, and one shows a cartoon of men and dinosaurs together, telling students the Biblical Noah likely brought baby dinosaurs onto his ark. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Private schools' curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together," 1 June 2018 That, however, would suggest widespread reports that Arsenal only have £40-45m to spend on players this summer is untrue. SI.com, "Real Madrid Only Prepared to Entertain Dani Ceballos Offers That Exceed €50m," 24 June 2019 Starbucks was forced to respond on social media that the tweets were untrue. Matthew F. Ferraro For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Disinformation is harming businesses. Here are 6 ways to fight it," 10 June 2019 The Hall of Fame acknowledges—on a plaque in its inner sanctum—that the Doubleday myth is untrue. The Economist, "Baseball and exceptionalism," 8 June 2019

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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
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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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