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

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 Snyder calls Putin's justification a variation of Hitler's Big Lie -- a Nazi propaganda technique that insists that if a political leader repeats a colossal untruth enough, people will eventually believe it. John Blake, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 Another glaring untruth in Terwilliger’s op-ed concerns the origins of executive privilege. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 16 Nov. 2021 The songs feature an unapologetic melancholy and sincerity that works even with the extra layer of untruth beneath the surface. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Such a label might go on a tweet containing an untruth that could be, but isn’t necessarily immediately harmful. Barbara Ortutay, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 July 2021 Adam Hersh, an epidemiologist at U. Health and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, says this is the most prevalent untruth about masks. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Aug. 2021 Such a label might go on a tweet containing an untruth that could be, but isn’t necessarily immediately harmful. Barbara Ortutay, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 July 2021 Such a label might go on a tweet containing an untruth that could be, but isn’t necessarily immediately harmful. Barbara Ortutay, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 July 2021 Such a label might go on a tweet containing an untruth that could be, but isn’t necessarily immediately harmful. Barbara Ortutay, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 July 2021 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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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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