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[fawls-hoo d] /ˈfɔls hʊd/
a false statement; lie.
something false; an untrue idea, belief, etc.:
The Nazis propagated the falsehood of racial superiority.
the act of lying or making false statements.
lack of conformity to truth or fact.
Obsolete. deception.
Origin of falsehood
1250-1300; Middle English falshede. See false, -hood
Synonym Study
1. Falsehood, fib, lie, untruth refer to something untrue or incorrect. A falsehood is a statement that distorts or suppresses the truth, in order to deceive: to tell a falsehood about one's ancestry in order to gain acceptance. A fib denotes a trivial falsehood, and is often used to characterize that which is not strictly true: a polite fib. A lie is a vicious falsehood: to tell a lie about one's neighbor. An untruth is an incorrect statement, either intentionally misleading (less harsh, however, than falsehood or lie) or arising from misunderstanding or ignorance: I'm afraid you are telling an untruth. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For Edwin disdained the employment of falsehood and disguise.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • His eyes, round and full and steady, taxed her with falsehood, with hypocrisy.

  • What is here meant, is, that we pledge a faith yet unsullied by falsehood, that the statements are true.

    Junius Unmasked Joel Moody
  • When souls have loved, there is no falsehood or forgetfulness.

    Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Is it when expiating the shame of a falsehood that I should call upon men to accept me as truthful?

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for falsehood


the quality of being untrue
an untrue statement; lie
the act of deceiving or lying
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for falsehood

late 13c., falshede, "deceitfulness," also "a lie," from false + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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