untruth

noun
un·​truth | \ ˌən-ˈtrüth How to pronounce untruth (audio) , ˈən-ˌtrüth \

Definition of untruth

1 archaic : disloyalty
2 : lack of truthfulness : falsity
3 : something that is untrue : falsehood

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Examples of untruth in a Sentence

the untruths he has uttered their argument rests on a fundamental untruth which has long been discredited
Recent Examples on the Web Apologizing to the Trump administration for spreading untruth is like apologizing to Barry Bonds for using steroids. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'He was joking': Jimmy Kimmel addresses deceptive Pence clip after request for on-air apology," 12 May 2020 Instead, the untruth is often first published by an obscure website posing as a legitimate news site, then several and sometimes dozens of other unreliable sites republish the same story, often verbatim or with just a few words changed. Gabby Deutch, Wired, "How One Particular Coronavirus Myth Went Viral," 19 Mar. 2020 To combat the gaslighting and misinformation that seems to pervade this outbreak, many of us in health care feel compelled to share our traumas and experiences to prevent untruths and poor policy decisions. Jessica Gold, STAT, "Health care workers speaking truth on social media: amplify and protect their voices," 16 Apr. 2020 Some have learned that what China says doesn't always translate into reality and that sometimes those untruths can have deadly consequences. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "China's early coronavirus victory lap, misleading data hurting global response," 3 Apr. 2020 That the president of the United States has repeatedly spread untruths about the coronavirus and the government’s response aggravates the situation. Tom Simonite, Wired, "The Professors Who Call ‘Bullshit’ on Covid-19 Misinformation," 24 Mar. 2020 But what’s also swirling are truths, half truths, and untruths about the coronavirus crisis. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, "11 Coronavirus Facts That Will Debunk Most of Those Myths You've Been Hearing," 26 Mar. 2020 Some of the untruths about the coronavirus appear motivated by commercial interest. oregonlive, "Misinformation about the coronavirus abounds, but correcting it can backfire," 8 Feb. 2020 The Washington Post counted more than sixteen thousand lies, misstatements, and untruths from the President—before a single senator voted to acquit him. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "A President So Unhinged That Even Bill Barr Says He’s Out of Control," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of untruth

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

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“Untruth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untruth. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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untruth

noun
How to pronounce untruth (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of untruth

formal
: a statement that is not true
: the state of being false or a lie

untruth

noun
un·​truth | \ ˌən-ˈtrüth How to pronounce untruth (audio) \

Kids Definition of untruth

1 : the state of being false

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