Definition of falsehood in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state of being untrue.

    ‘the truth or falsehood of the many legends which surround her’
    • ‘But real wisdom means knowing truth from falsehood, knowing the difference between evidence and wishful thinking.’
    • ‘This distinction is not limited to purely speculative notions of truth and falsehood, but rather emphasizes practical moral action and the foresight that makes it possible.’
    • ‘Individualism - the belief that the individual alone and unaided is entitled to determine what is good or bad and to separate truth or falsehood - is a prevailing attitude.’
    • ‘‘We can't verify or assume the truth or falsehood of the information,’ she says.’
    • ‘I think he means to refer to perceptual propositions - propositions whose truth or falsehood we can determine by looking or employing some other sense.’
    • ‘He says she ‘has a high-powered intellect but the question is whether she can distinguish between truth and falsehood; and this is something which requires more than intellectual analysis’.’
    • ‘The problems of another transitional period provide the substance of Stage Beauty, an intelligent, entertaining examination of the line between illusion and reality, truth and falsehood, love and sex.’
    • ‘These utterances/acts are outside the consideration of truth or falsehood; they are semantically empty - they can produce only meanings.’
    • ‘It requires our full humanity - our rationality, our ability to sort out truth from falsehood, our intuition, our compassion, our vision, and our morality.’
    • ‘Irony is a magic wand of literary interpretation that can turn words of love into hate, good into evil, and truth into falsehood.’
    • ‘Yet it had a single end; like Piers Plowman before it, and Pilgrim's Progress afterwards, The Faerie Queene led the reader along the path upon which truth was distinguishable from falsehood.’
    • ‘The historian is interested in the truthfulness of his own understanding of the various sciences, not in the truth or falsehood of the science itself.’
    • ‘Whether the universe is deterministic, or (as contemporary physics seems to suggest) indeterministic is a question which is independent of the truth or falsehood of the completeness of physics.’
    • ‘The boundaries between truth and falsehood, past and present and perception and reality are the themes in the two books that have been selected for November by Castlebar Book Club.’
    • ‘He had two lives: one, open, seen and known by all who cared to know, full of relative truth and of relative falsehood, exactly like the lives of his friends and acquaintances; and another life running its course in secret.’
    • ‘If you set yourself up as the last word on the truth or falsehood of ads, you will immediately be the addressee of a lot of spin.’
    • ‘These two quests ultimately lead us to the truth, and it is the gradual process of uncovering both falsehood and truth that provides the substance of this movie.’
    • ‘Proving the truth or falsehood of Cantor's continuum hypothesis boils down to answering this: Where does the set of real numbers sit in the hierarchy of infinite sets?’
    • ‘They themselves repeatedly tell us that they think there is no such thing as right and wrong or truth and falsehood.’
    • ‘Furthermore, Godel proved that any mathematical system of proofs must be either incomplete (not able to determine the truth or falsehood of certain statements) or contradictory.’
    1. 1.1count noun A lie.
      ‘a downright falsehood’
      • ‘They are using falsehoods to justify their potentially detrimental activities.’
      • ‘Lately, you have attempted to cloak your actions in falsehoods and propaganda.’
      • ‘As a little boy I was much given to inventing deliberate falsehoods and this was always done for the sake of causing excitement.’
      • ‘Lynch's parents read the story, laughed at the ludicrous falsehoods, but made no attempt to correct them.’
      • ‘Your story contained so many misconceptions and falsehoods, one scarcely knows where to begin.’
      • ‘All of us are often tempted to get what we want, even if it requires saying falsehoods.’
      • ‘He is a purveyor of falsehoods when it suits his partisan purposes.’
      • ‘And yes, one has to be vigilant in the way that he suggested and try to spot falsehoods, examples of mythmaking in the stories that people tell about the world.’
      • ‘Mistakes such as the one I have admitted making are construed as deliberate falsehoods.’
      • ‘Although most falsehoods detected in this study were inconsequential, fibs do have financial implications.’
      • ‘You can teach falsehoods and half truths issue a diploma and call someone educated.’
      • ‘No one contests their falsehoods, inaccuracies, and sins of omission on a point by point basis.’
      • ‘Indeed, correcting all the factual errors and falsehoods in ‘Ghost Town’ would consume as much space as the Web site itself.’
      • ‘Only in politics or Hollywood is it possible to make falsehoods true and the truth a lie.’
      • ‘Worse, the more successful a liar is, the more likely it is that he will also fall prey to his own falsehoods.’
      • ‘This argument mixes so many distortions, falsehoods and tendentious points that it's not easy to know where to start.’
      • ‘Networks merely need to avoid uttering flagrant falsehoods and committing major inexcusable errors.’
      • ‘If he wins in nine days, the foundation of his victory will rest on economic perceptions based on falsehoods.’
      • ‘However, his piece contains inconsistencies and falsehoods that cannot go unchallenged.’
      • ‘There is a grain of truth in both these stories, surrounded by falsehoods.’
      lie, fib, untruth, false statement, falsification, fabrication, invention, piece of fiction, fiction, story, yarn, made-up story, trumped-up story, cock and bull story, flight of fancy, figment of the imagination
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    2. 1.2 Lying.
      ‘the right to sue for malicious falsehood’
      • ‘The settlement was reached after Judd sued the magazine for malicious falsehood and false attribution.’
      • ‘The public meeting has decayed, and what voters see on TV is constructed around artifice and falsehood.’
      • ‘They cannot be sued for libel, malicious falsehood or conspiring to give false evidence.’
      • ‘Misrepresentation is falsehood or omission of facts in relation to an investment.’
      • ‘In the light of my conclusion that he did not act maliciously in publishing the graph, it is not necessary for me to consider the issue of damage in the context of the claim in malicious falsehood.’
      • ‘It is this calculated use of deception and falsehood that we should fear, more even than the wrongheaded policy.’
      • ‘He will no doubt ask the SMH to publish a retraction of this malicious and entirely concocted falsehood.’
      • ‘In malicious falsehood, the plaintiff has to prove that the statement is false.’
      • ‘This claim was for damages in the amount of $100,000 for malicious falsehood and punitive damages in the amount of $50,000.’
      • ‘At no stage, however, did the learned judge identify the deceit or deliberate falsehood.’
      • ‘He detects a rise in self delusion, a diminution of individual identity and a selling-out of the soul, and reveals a hardening distaste for falsehood and pretence in his darkly-amusing morality play.’
      • ‘Federal law now makes it a felony to use falsehood and deception to hide the origin of the spam messages hawking your fraudulent wares.’
      • ‘Under the cloak of anonymity, anyone is much more likely to fall into speculation, exaggeration, or outright falsehood.’
      lying, mendacity, untruthfulness, fibbing, fabrication, invention, perjury, perfidy, perfidiousness, lack of veracity, telling stories, misrepresentation, prevarication, equivocation
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