Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An untrue statement; a lie or an inaccuracy.
  • noun The practice of lying.
  • noun Lack of conformity to truth or fact; inaccuracy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The fact or quality of being false; falseness; dishonest purpose or intention; treachery; deceitfulness; perfidy: opposed to truthfulness.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Want of truth or accuracy; an untrue assertion or representation; error; misrepresentation; falsity.
  • noun A deliberate intentional assertion of what is known to be untrue; a departure from moral integrity; a lie.
  • noun Treachery; deceit; perfidy; unfaithfulness.
  • noun A counterfeit; a false appearance; an imposture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The property of being false.
  • noun countable A false statement, especially an intentional one; a lie
  • noun archaic, rare Mendacity, deceitfulness; the trait of a person who is mendacious and deceitful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting
  • noun a false statement

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English falshede, from false + -hede.

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