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

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Another notable untruth: that all of the songs on the album were recorded at Woodstock. Randall Robertsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How to relive Woodstock: What to listen to, watch and read this week," 13 Aug. 2019 Not an encouraging violence but maybe in perpetrating untruths. Fox News, "Ingraham: The new American left: agents of hatred," 12 Sep. 2018 But the work has a much more general resonance, as well: The untruths are omnipresent, and their ubiquity can give the sensation that there’s no escape. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Paola Pivi’s Transporting Exhibition Is a Whimsical Comment on Dark Realities," 15 Nov. 2018 In addition to blatant untruths, food marketers are masters at subtly misleading consumers. Henry I. Miller, WSJ, "The Organic Industry Is Lying to You," 5 Aug. 2018 And while people might be (too) used to Trump's lying, there's a difference -- in how it might be perceived -- between his triumphantly volunteering blatant untruths and offering them defensively, after being cornered by a skilled prosecutor. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "5 lessons Trump's new lawyer could teach him from the Clinton impeachment," 3 May 2018 Lately, the president has been piling on the untruths even more than usual. Marissa G. Muller, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Said Queen Elizabeth Made Him Wait 15 Minutes Despite Video That Shows Her Waiting for Him," 3 Aug. 2018 The sheer rate of Trump's untruth-telling is staggering. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump says untrue things as often as you go the bathroom every day," 1 May 2018 Another surprising element in the story is that dairnes have a unique power — the ability to detect untruth. Laurel Snyder, New York Times, "In Katherine Applegate’s New Fantasy Novel, Extinction Is Imminent," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of untruth

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

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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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to fake an opponent out of position

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