untruthful

adjective un·truth·ful \ ˌən-ˈtrüth-fəl \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of untruthful

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

untruthfully

play \ˌən-ˈtrüth-fə-lē\ adverb

untruthfulness

noun

Examples of untruthful in a Sentence

  1. an unintentionally untruthful statement that the candidate later corrected

  2. the political action committee was slammed for spreading untruthful smears about the candidate and his wife

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First Known Use of untruthful

circa 1843

Synonym Discussion of untruthful

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

UNTRUTHFUL Defined for English Language Learners

untruthful

adjective

Definition of untruthful for English Language Learners

  • : not telling the truth : not truthful


UNTRUTHFUL Defined for Kids

untruthful

adjective un·truth·ful \ ˌən-ˈtrüth-fəl \

Definition of untruthful for Students

: not containing or telling the truth : false

untruthfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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