from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Contrary to fact or truth: false tales of bravery.
- adj. Deliberately untrue: delivered false testimony under oath.
- adj. Arising from mistaken ideas: false hopes of writing a successful novel.
- adj. Intentionally deceptive: a suitcase with a false bottom; false promises.
- adj. Not keeping faith; treacherous: a false friend. See Synonyms at faithless.
- adj. Not genuine or real: false teeth; false documents.
- adj. Erected temporarily, as for support during construction.
- adj. Resembling but not accurately or properly designated as such: a false thaw in January; the false dawn peculiar to the tropics.
- adj. Music Of incorrect pitch.
- adj. Unwise; imprudent: Don't make a false move or I'll shoot.
- adj. Computer Science Indicating one of two possible values taken by a variable in Boolean logic or a binary device.
- adv. In a treacherous or faithless manner: play a person false.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Untrue, not factual, factually incorrect.
- adj. Based on factually incorrect premises: false legislation
- adj. Spurious, artificial (as in false teeth).
- adj. A state in Boolean logic that indicates a negative result.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest.
- adj. Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance, vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious
- adj. Not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or likely to deceive or disappoint.
- adj. Not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive; counterfeit; hypocritical
- adj. Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous
- adj. Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which are temporary or supplemental.
- adj. Not in tune.
- adv. Not truly; not honestly; falsely.
- transitive v. To report falsely; to falsify.
- transitive v. To betray; to falsify.
- transitive v. To mislead by want of truth; to deceive.
- transitive v. To feign; to pretend to make.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not in conformity with fact; expressing or comprising what is contrary to fact or truth; erroneous; untrue: as, a false report; a false accusation; a false opinion.
- Giving utterance to what is not true; untruthful; mendacious: as, a false witness.
- Perfidious; treacherous; unfaithful; inconstant; disloyal; dishonest; unjust: said of persons.
- Containing or conveying deception, falsehood, or treachery; adapted or intended to mislead: said of things.
- Irregular; not according to rule or usage: as, false syntax or quantity.
- Not genuine; being other than it appears to be; not real; made in imitation, or to serve the purpose of the genuine article
- with intent to defraud or deceive; spurious: as, false coin;
- for the sake of mere appearance or for use or convenience; artificial: as, a false buttonhole; false teeth.
- Technically, in botany and zoology, having some superficial resemblance to some other plant or animal: used like the Latin quasi-, or Greek pseudo-, in composition. See quasi-, pseudo-.
- In music, not in tune; inaccurate in pitch; singing or playing out of tune.
- In heraldry, open or voided: said of some bearings: as, a false cross; a false roundel (an annulet); a false escutcheon (a bordure, or sometimes an orle).
- In fortification, an artificial mound or bank of earth forming part of a fortification.
- n. A falsehood; that which is false.
- Falsely.—To play false, to play one false
- To mislead by falsehood; deceive; betray.
- To defeat; balk; evade.
- To violate by want of veracity; falsify.
- To render false, treacherous, or dishonest.
- To feign, as a blow; aim by way of a feint.
- To be false; deceive; practise deceit.
- Additional; assistant; subsidiary; supplementary; temporary; used to supplement or temporarily displace something: as, the false work or supports for a bridge which is under construction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a disloyal and faithless manner
- adj. not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
- adj. inappropriate to reality or facts
- adj. adopted in order to deceive
- adj. inaccurate in pitch
- adj. erroneous and usually accidental
- adj. not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article
- adj. arising from error
- adj. deliberately deceptive
- adj. (used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful
- adj. designed to deceive
If the word ˜false™ in a is taken in the third sense, therefore, a's primary significate does exist, since it is a fact that a is false in the third sense.
The world may, and (as a matter of fact) does abound in false Churches, just as it abounds in false deities; but, this is rendered possible only _because they are false_.
This Rome, this scene of false priests, clothed not in the beauty of holiness, but in far other vesture, is _false_: but what is it to Luther?
No, she is _false, false, false_, -- _false_ as the lost angels who fell from paradise into the burning pit of doom. '
_false doctrine, heresy and schism_: false doctrine is the thought; heresy, the plan; and schism, the action -- of a Churchman against the
My action should not plunge you into an abyss of woe; but _now_ that he is false -- _false as Hell_ ---- "
These are so contemptible and so absurdly false, that they do not merit any other notice than to write _false_, _false_, on every page. "
The only trace of Tom and Tim were their names on the marquee... which gave a whole new meaning to the term "false advertising."
"On a mass scale, this gave new meaning to the term false advertising," said Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, during a news conference in Manhattan.
They believed that as a man of goodwill he would reach beyond what I term false absolutes, the false absolutes of secular and religious ideologies, to engage in process the reality of what is.