One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he gave a false account of his movements’
incorrect, untrue, wrong, erroneous, fallacious, faulty, flawed, distorted, inaccurate, inexact, imprecise, invalid, unfounded
untruthful, fictitious, concocted, fabricated, invented, made up, trumped up, unreal, counterfeit, forged, fraudulent, spurious, misleading, deceptive
2‘Briggs proved himself a false friend’
faithless, unfaithful, disloyal, untrue, inconstant, false-hearted, treacherous, traitorous, perfidious, two-faced, Janus-faced, double-dealing, double-crossing, deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, dishonourable, dishonest, duplicitous, hypocritical, untrustworthy, unreliable
untruthful, lying, mendacious
informal cheating, two-timing, back-stabbing
rare hollow-hearted, double-faced
3‘she would never wear false pearls’
fake, artificial, imitation, synthetic, simulated, reproduction, replica, ersatz, faux, plastic, man-made, dummy, mock, sham, bogus, so-called
counterfeit, feigned, forged
informal phoney, pretend, pseudo
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