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falsehood

[fawls-hoo d] /ˈfɔls hʊd/
noun
1.
a false statement; lie.
2.
something false; an untrue idea, belief, etc.:
The Nazis propagated the falsehood of racial superiority.
3.
the act of lying or making false statements.
4.
lack of conformity to truth or fact.
5.
Obsolete, deception.
Origin of falsehood
1250-1300
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.
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Examples from the Web for falsehood
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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

falsehood

/ˈfɔːlsˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the quality of being untrue
2.
an untrue statement; lie
3.
the act of deceiving or lying
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Word Origin and History for falsehood
n.

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

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