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untrue

[uhn-troo] /ʌnˈtru/
adjective, untruer, untruest.
1.
not true, as to a person or a cause, to fact, or to a standard.
2.
unfaithful; false.
3.
incorrect or inaccurate.
Origin of untrue
1050
before 1050; Middle English untrewe, Old English un(ge)trēowe; see un-1, true
Related forms
untrueness, noun
Synonyms
1. groundless, unfounded, erroneous.
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  • And I felt that here again the assumption was an untrue one.

    At Large Arthur Christopher Benson
  • It would be untrue to say that Hester was not interested in the news.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The balances in which they are weighed are false, hence the announcement of their value from that source is untrue.

  • But I will not believe you when you tell me what I know to be untrue.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • Finding this to be untrue, he turned again to the eastward in search of De Wet.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for untrue

untrue

/ʌnˈtruː/
adjective
1.
incorrect or false
2.
disloyal
3.
diverging from a rule, standard, or measure; inaccurate
Derived Forms
untrueness, noun
untruly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for untrue
adj.

Old English untreowe "unfaithful" (of persons), from un- (1) "not" + true (adj.). Cf. Middle Dutch ongetrouwe, Middle Low German ungetruwe, Old High German ungitriuwi, Old Norse utryggr. Meaning "contrary to facts" is attested from c.1300.

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