un·​truth·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈtrüth-fəl How to pronounce untruthful (audio) \

Definition of untruthful

: not containing or telling the truth : false, inaccurate an untruthful report

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untruthfully \ ˌən-​ˈtrüth-​fə-​lē How to pronounce untruthful (audio) \ adverb
untruthfulness noun

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dishonest, deceitful, mendacious, untruthful mean unworthy of trust or belief. dishonest implies a willful perversion of truth in order to deceive, cheat, or defraud. a swindle usually involves two dishonest people deceitful usually implies an intent to mislead and commonly suggests a false appearance or double-dealing. the secret affairs of a deceitful spouse mendacious may suggest bland or even harmlessly mischievous deceit and when used of people often suggests a habit of telling untruths. mendacious tales of adventure untruthful stresses a discrepancy between what is said and fact or reality. an untruthful account of their actions

Examples of untruthful in a Sentence

an unintentionally untruthful statement that the candidate later corrected the political action committee was slammed for spreading untruthful smears about the candidate and his wife
Recent Examples on the Web The Mirror also reported that Logan authored a document on former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell's website with untruthful allegations of fraud concerning Dominion Voting Systems. CBS News, "The Arizona GOP's Maricopa County audit: What to know about it," 7 May 2021 Charlie Beckett, the director of Polis, a media think tank at the London School of Economics, said the episode would test Johnson's ability to brush off damaging stories and accusations that he's been untruthful. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "'Total rubbish' or the truth? UK media challenge Boris Johnson over shock coronavirus comments," 27 Apr. 2021 Fortunately, a fair amount of respondents have started fact-checking and seeking out additional information on anything that seems untruthful. Sebastiaan Van Der Lans, Forbes, "10 Things To Know About The State Of Misinformation," 21 Apr. 2021 Travel companies, and particularly airlines, often make the trip so uncomfortable that passengers feel justified in being untruthful. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Travelers need to stop faking disabilities. It's hurting people who DO have them," 19 Mar. 2021 Look, the World Health Organization made all sorts of- of un-untruthful or misinformed claims about this virus. CBS News, "Transcript: Matt Pottinger on "Face the Nation," February 21, 2021," 21 Feb. 2021 Leszczynska has been backed by the Polish League Against Defamation, a group that fights harmful and untruthful depictions of Poland. Star Tribune, "Holocaust scholars ordered to apologize in Polish libel case," 9 Feb. 2021 The new additions also include older cases that did not recently change, like Winter Park Police Officer Ruben Del Toro, who officials said was fired in 2017 for being untruthful to a supervisor. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, "A dozen new names added to State Attorney’s list of law enforcement with questionable credibility," 4 Dec. 2020 Commissioners at the meeting said Morales had been untruthful and uncooperative with them in the past but did not reference the directives as a reason for the demotion. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission ties on police chief vote, defers decision to Dec. 10," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of untruthful

circa 1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of untruthful was circa 1843

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“Untruthful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untruthful. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of untruthful

: not telling the truth : not truthful


un·​truth·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈtrüth-fəl How to pronounce untruthful (audio) \

Kids Definition of untruthful

: not containing or telling the truth : false

Other Words from untruthful

untruthfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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