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untruth

[uhn-trooth] /ʌnˈtruθ/
noun, plural untruths
[uhn-trooth z, -trooths] /ʌnˈtruðz, -ˈtruθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
the state or character of being untrue.
2.
want of veracity; divergence from truth.
3.
something untrue; a falsehood or lie.
4.
Archaic. unfaithfulness; disloyalty.
Origin of untruth
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English untrēowth. See un-1, truth
Synonym Study
3. See falsehood.
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  • You cannot find what does not exist, yet his untruth is the exact unqualified truth.

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • I do not suppose, my dear, that you intentionally told an untruth; it was an exaggeration.

  • To this letter William Penn replied, taking up each accusation separately, and showing their untruth and their absurdity.

  • I feared for an instant that you would tell me an untruth, and that would have hurt me.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • He is still alive and can say if I am telling an untruth, for I was there.

  • But if any one says that this is not my teaching, he is speaking an untruth.

    Apology Plato
  • Who on earth could ever have told you so monstrous an untruth?

    A Siren Thomas Adolphus Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for untruth

untruth

/ʌnˈtruːθ/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being untrue
2.
a statement, fact, etc, that is not true
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Word Origin and History for untruth
n.

Old English untreowþ "unfaithfulness," from un- (1) "not" + truth. Cf. Old Norse utrygð. Meaning "falsehood" is attested from mid-15c., as is that of "a lie."

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