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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Other Words from untruthful

untruthfully \ ˌən-​ˈtrüth-​fə-​lē How to pronounce untruthfully (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 Kardashian late Monday addressed the tape and said Swift was being untruthful. NBC News, "Taylor Swift uses leaked Kanye West video to raise money for charity, coronavirus efforts," 23 Mar. 2020 To have our Democratic colleagues say these untruthful statements just reeks of political desperation. Hope Yen, The Denver Post, "Fact check: Trump and his so-they-say accusations," 23 Nov. 2019 Investigations by the department’s inspection unit revealed that patrol officer Rhonda Gray gave untruthful statements on two occasions in 2018. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Public Safety Director Michael McGrath would lose some power to discipline cops under proposed policy," 26 Aug. 2019 Then-Police Chief Danielle Outlaw didn’t agree that Hollins was untruthful and instead demoted the veteran detective. oregonlive, "Former Portland detective racked up nearly 100,000 miles on his take-home police car in 3 years," 3 Jan. 2020 Sheriff’s Office officials notified the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office of its finding that the technician was untruthful earlier this month, records show. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange sheriff’s evidence tech resigns as probe finds she lied after vehicle crash. It’s not the 1st time," 20 Nov. 2019 Four members of the Police Review Board voted not to sustain the untruthful allegation and one member said Smith should be exonerated. oregonlive, "Portland police sergeant who lied about law to get protester to stop filming him suspended for one day," 2 Oct. 2019 And people were saying ugly and often untruthful things. Hope Reese, Vox, "A historian on our broken election system: “it’s run by people with stake in the outcome”," 21 Nov. 2018 Yes, the president tried to impede the investigation and was generally untruthful with Mueller. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 28, 2019," 28 July 2019

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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 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce untruthful (audio)

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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