Definition of untruth in US English:



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

    ‘they go off and tell untruths about organizations for which they worked’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This editorial, simply put, is rife with inaccuracies, misinformation, and outright untruths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hope to see a few myths and untruths put to bed in 2004, but first a confession.’
    • ‘But the simple fact is, whether through wishful thinking or deliberate deceit, the administration uttered untruths.’
    • ‘Don't become overly bold just because you feel you are safely hiding behind your computer screen and make statements that are untruths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are also many myths and untruths surrounding acne.’
    • ‘What makes him unique is his willingness to construct his myths on a scaffolding of calculated untruths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Research revealed that untruths range from little white lies to huge whoppers aimed purely at personal gain.’
    • ‘But the media treat these routine untruths as respectable statements that ought to be analysed and debated.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our next phase has to blow out of the water major myths and untruths about live animal export.’
    • ‘There are so many untruths in these stories that it is kind of sad.’
    • ‘But the whole thing was such a cynical mix of half-truths, untruths and twisted logic that it ended up besting me.’
    • ‘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, fake news, 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It also may include a certain amount of untruth, fantasy disguised through unacknowledged invention.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For Gandhi, a dharmik was a master of controlling passions, fears, untruth, and, most importantly, gave practical witness of profound love for others.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Above the shelves where goods are stacked, printed signs admonish: ‘Even one drop of untruth will poison the entire milk ocean of truth.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet remember, this is also an age of untruth and boutique piety.’
      • ‘We believe we must treat politicians and those who govern with disrespect, with abuse, with calumny and sometimes untruth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A slip becomes a slide when the executive starts setting unacceptable standards based on deceit and untruth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As I mentioned on Amy's blog, I think the Cardinal's comments boil down to a truth told in the service of untruth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For, as the old wise men have said, truth ever is, untruth never was.’
      • ‘But one should not confuse dramatic urgency with untruth.’
      falsity, falsehood, falseness, untruthfulness, fallaciousness, fiction, fictitiousness, inaccuracy, hollowness
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Old English untrēowth ‘unfaithfulness’ (see un-, truth).