Definition of untruth in English:



  • 1A lie or false statement (often used euphemistically)

    ‘they go off and tell untruths about organizations for which they worked’
    • ‘Not only that, it is an account of what the prosecution says are untruths and deliberate untruths, and there is cross-examination on this that makes it clear.’
    • ‘But the whole thing was such a cynical mix of half-truths, untruths and twisted logic that it ended up besting me.’
    • ‘Our next phase has to blow out of the water major myths and untruths about live animal export.’
    • ‘Sadly, some of these myths have become so entrenched that we sometimes forget they are merely half-truths or untruths which bear little resemblance to reality.’
    • ‘Don't become overly bold just because you feel you are safely hiding behind your computer screen and make statements that are untruths.’
    • ‘What makes him unique is his willingness to construct his myths on a scaffolding of calculated untruths.’
    • ‘Research revealed that untruths range from little white lies to huge whoppers aimed purely at personal gain.’
    • ‘This would end the current frequent practice of simply allowing a reduced award in cases of exaggeration or partial untruths by claimants.’
    • ‘I knew the rumors were just that - untruths spread by gossips.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder that the British public has remained largely ignorant of a consistent pattern of deceptions and untruths emanating from London and Washington for many years?’
    • ‘I hope to see a few myths and untruths put to bed in 2004, but first a confession.’
    • ‘There are also many myths and untruths surrounding acne.’
    • ‘Their festival of untruths in attempting to dupe international opinion on this issue shocked most objective and reasoned people both in the United States and the world as a whole.’
    • ‘There are so many untruths in these stories that it is kind of sad.’
    • ‘One of the worst features of this sorry business is that the Australian people have been led astray by the untruths and falsehoods uttered by our leaders on this subject.’
    • ‘Of course, on the other hand, he was a man of many half-truths and blatant untruths and she risked her life for his cause on a regular basis.’
    • ‘But the simple fact is, whether through wishful thinking or deliberate deceit, the administration uttered untruths.’
    • ‘But the media treat these routine untruths as respectable statements that ought to be analysed and debated.’
    • ‘This editorial, simply put, is rife with inaccuracies, misinformation, and outright untruths.’
    • ‘After a while, after so many stories, after so many rumors, after so many untruths, you just learn to live with it.’
    lie, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, made-up story, trumped-up story, invention, fiction, piece of fiction, falsification, falsity, cock and bull story, barefaced lie
    falsity, falsehood, falseness, untruthfulness, fallaciousness, fiction, fictitiousness, inaccuracy, hollowness
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    1. 1.1 The quality of being false.
      • ‘Sadly, ABC current affairs and documentaries still believe they can use television to reveal hidden truths, whereas younger audiences see the media as part of a landscape of untruth.’
      • ‘A slip becomes a slide when the executive starts setting unacceptable standards based on deceit and untruth.’
      • ‘For many conservatives, especially the right wing talk show hosts whose radio programs reach millions each day, much of what's termed the mainstream media is just a left-leading machine trading in untruth.’
      • ‘Truth that is allowed to lurk uncovered becomes a malign entity for in that hidden state it allows untruth to accumulate credence and masquerade as gospel.’
      • ‘Recently I've criticized what seemed to me to be the casual attitude toward untruth many in this administration have when it comes to discussing Iraq.’
      • ‘But one should not confuse dramatic urgency with untruth.’
      • ‘For Gandhi, a dharmik was a master of controlling passions, fears, untruth, and, most importantly, gave practical witness of profound love for others.’
      • ‘While definitely not a collective, as some panel members seemed to believe, the blogosphere is made up of individuals whose motivations for revealing truth and correcting untruth are not borne of a desire to bring down the media.’
      • ‘It also may include a certain amount of untruth, fantasy disguised through unacknowledged invention.’
      • ‘This is significant because both these luminaries had remained loyal servers of his regime of untruth during the war over Kosovo which had been waged with no less squalid level of deception.’
      • ‘Perhaps these inconstancies are part of the book's Art - an attempt to discombobulate the audience with extreme contradictions just as the characters live in a state of perpetual untruth and obfuscation.’
      • ‘Too many propaganda battles went beyond the limit of acceptable untruth.’
      • ‘So think long and hard before you decide whether to take the path toward truth or untruth.’
      • ‘The holy lotus, whose essence is white, indicates that knowledge is meticulously clean - untarnished by untruth, while the sitting position signifies wisdom, an indication that the ego must be suppressed.’
      • ‘As I mentioned on Amy's blog, I think the Cardinal's comments boil down to a truth told in the service of untruth.’
      • ‘For, as the old wise men have said, truth ever is, untruth never was.’
      • ‘The more a fact is tweaked, the closer it edges toward untruth - and the more likely it is that people will be led to false conclusions.’
      • ‘We believe we must treat politicians and those who govern with disrespect, with abuse, with calumny and sometimes untruth.’
      • ‘Yet remember, this is also an age of untruth and boutique piety.’
      • ‘Above the shelves where goods are stacked, printed signs admonish: ‘Even one drop of untruth will poison the entire milk ocean of truth.’’


Old English untrēowth ‘unfaithfulness’(see un-, truth).