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false

adjective

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1 not being in agreement with what is true
  • early reports about the explosion contained much false information

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2 being such in appearance only and made with or manufactured from usually cheaper materials
  • George Washington's false teeth were not made of wood but of elephant ivory and cow's teeth

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3 being such in appearance only and made or manufactured with the intention of committing fraud
  • arrested for selling false ID cards to teenagers

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5 marked by, based on, or done by the use of dishonest methods to acquire something of value
  • false advertising that claimed that the vegetables were organically grown when they weren't

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Frequently Asked Questions About false

How is the word false different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of false are disloyal, faithless, perfidious, traitorous, and treacherous. While all these words mean "untrue to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance," false stresses the fact of failing to be true in any manner ranging from fickleness to cold treachery.

betrayed by false friends

When is disloyal a more appropriate choice than false?

Although the words disloyal and false have much in common, disloyal implies a lack of complete faithfulness to a friend, cause, leader, or country.

disloyal to their country

When is it sensible to use faithless instead of false?

The words faithless and false can be used in similar contexts, but faithless applies to any failure to keep a promise or pledge or any breach of allegiance or loyalty.

faithless allies

How are the words perfidious and faithless related as synonyms of false?

Perfidious adds to faithless the implication of an incapacity for fidelity or reliability.

a perfidious double-crosser

Where would traitorous be a reasonable alternative to false?

In some situations, the words traitorous and false are roughly equivalent. However, traitorous implies either actual treason or a serious betrayal of trust.

traitorous acts punishable by death

When can treacherous be used instead of false?

The synonyms treacherous and false are sometimes interchangeable, but treacherous implies readiness to betray trust or confidence.

a treacherous adviser

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The first known use of false was in the 12th century

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28 May 2020

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“False.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/false. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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