from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An untrue statement; a lie.
- n. The practice of lying.
- n. Lack of conformity to truth or fact; inaccuracy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The property of being false.
- n. A false statement, especially an intentional one; a lie
- n. Mendacity, deceitfulness; the trait of a person who is mendacious and deceitful.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Want of truth or accuracy; an untrue assertion or representation; error; misrepresentation; falsity.
- n. A deliberate intentional assertion of what is known to be untrue; a departure from moral integrity; a lie.
- n. Treachery; deceit; perfidy; unfaithfulness.
- n. A counterfeit; a false appearance; an imposture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fact or quality of being false; falseness; dishonest purpose or intention; treachery; deceitfulness; perfidy: opposed to truthfulness.
- n. That which is false; a false representation in word or deed; an untruth; a lie: as, the tale is a series of falsehoods; to act a falsehood.
- n. False manifestation or procedure; deceitful speech, action, or appearance; counterfeit; imposture; specifically, in law, a fraudulent imitation or suppression of truth to the prejudice of another.
- n. Synonyms Falsehood, Falseness, Falsity; untruth, fabrication, fiction. Instances may be quoted in abundance from old authors to show that the first three words are often strictly synonymous; but the modern tendency has been decidedly in favor of separating them, falsehood standing for the concrete thing, an intentional lie; falseness, for the quality of being guiltily false or treacherous: as, he is justly despised for his falseness to his oath; and falsity, for the quality of being false without blame: as, the falsity of reasoning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting
- n. a false statement
"That depends on what you call a falsehood," said Miss Blackburne.
SWBob says: cheney/rove/bush and their conservative talking heads have created an atmosphere in which truth be damned and any lie or falsehood is acceptable.
Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence, They take pleasure in falsehood, They bless with their mouths, But inwardly they curse,
The same falsehood is rebuffed one day, and shows up on another op-ed page the next.
The fact that paper prominently published a falsehood is only the beginning of the problem.
For any statement about some X or other, all we do to establish its truth or falsehood is to employ reason and experience.
But when exposed to the light of the truth and reasoning, their falsehood is revealed.
The consciousness that the falsehood is part fact applies a salve to conscience and supplies a force lacking in the mere fib.
Shimas and said to him, O sage philosopher and experienced master, seest thou not that this ignorant lad cloth naught but redouble in falsehood to us?
Wazir said, O King, deal deliberately in the matter of thy son; for falsehood is as smoke and fact is built on base which shall not be broken; yea, and the light of sooth dispelleth the night of untruth.
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