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 Flynn’s pronouncement and the Republicans’ efforts rely on repeating the same untruth: that the Presidency was stolen from Donald Trump by a cabal of Democrats, election officials, and poll workers who perpetrated election fraud. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, 6 June 2021 For months, anti-vaccine conspiracy theories had ripped across northern California’s wine country, invisible wildfires of untruth spreading through some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Trump has learned the lesson of previous demagogues: the bigger and more flagrant the untruth, the better to prove the fealty of his Party. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 6 May 2021 Embracing an untruth: antifa's role Most Trump voters embraced a version of events for Jan. 6 that has been debunked by independent fact-checkers and law-enforcement agencies. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2021 There are allegations and there have been through many elections that there is deception, untruth and mistruth in the election results. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Nov. 2020 Apologizing to the Trump administration for spreading untruth is like apologizing to Barry Bonds for using steroids. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 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, 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, 16 Apr. 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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The first known use of untruth was before the 12th century

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“Untruth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untruth. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of untruth

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


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

Kids Definition of untruth

1 : the state of being false


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