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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for falsehoods

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 falsehoods

falsehood

n.

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

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