un·​truth·​ful | \ˌən-ˈtrüth-fəl \

Definition of untruthful 

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

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untruthfully \ ˌən-​ˈtrüth-​fə-​lē \ 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

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Kucinich, Strickland said, was being deliberately untruthful about who gave him money by initially filing incomplete ethics disclosure forms. Seth A. Richardson, cleveland.com, "Former Gov. Ted Strickland lays into Dennis Kucinich for $20k speech payment from pro-Syrian government group," 18 Apr. 2018 Gai was untruthful about his contact with the deputies that day and tried to hide his role in the decision, authorities say. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "After French Quarter robbery, police release picture of two suspects," 17 Mar. 2018 The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, claims an internal investigation recommended that the officers face discipline for violating the city's chase policy and then giving untruthful statements. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Driver killed by car being illegally chased by Cleveland police officers, lawsuit claims," 14 Feb. 2018 Further, Gorcenski’s presenting himself as a female is untruthful, mendacious and deceptive. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He once defended the poor in court. Now he defends white supremacists.," 2 July 2018 But the judge saved his harshest words for the prosecution, accusing the Queens district attorney’s office of relying on an untruthful witness to win the conviction. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "Detective Convicted of Perjury Receives No Jail Time," 4 Apr. 2018 He's called Comey things like untruthful, slime ball. Fox News, "Press roughs up Comey," 23 Apr. 2018 To the untruthful slime ball on book tour Have a truthful and well-seasoned weekend! Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Counting Down To The Scandal Finale," 13 Apr. 2018 Whether Comey's answer was untruthful may turn on the question of authorization. Glenn Kessler, chicagotribune.com, "Fact-checking Trump's error-filled tweetstorm about the Mueller probe," 18 Mar. 2018

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circa 1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of untruthful was circa 1843

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English Language Learners Definition of untruthful

: not telling the truth : not truthful


un·​truth·​ful | \ˌən-ˈtrüth-fəl \

Kids Definition of untruthful

: not containing or telling the truth : false

Other Words from untruthful

untruthfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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obstinately defiant of authority

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