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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
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English untrēowth. See un-1, truth
Synonym Study
3. See falsehood.
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Examples from the web for untruth
  • Misrepresentation is a falsehood or untruth made with the intent and purpose of deceit.
  • Misrepresentation is falsehood or untruth made with the intent and purpose of deceit.
  • Misrepresentation is a falsehood or untruth made with the intent of deceit rather than inadvertent mistake.
  • We argued that science does not imply the truth or untruth of religion and that is that.
  • The computer should be able to compare that with its own temperature and determine that it is being told an untruth, or lie.
  • And in doing so he changes the conversation and, essentially, tells an untruth.
  • It is a base untruth to say that happy is the nation that has no history.
  • Cheap, easy victories based on untruth and fear and cynicism are pyrrhic ones.
  • The blurring of the precise borders between fact and fantasy was one thing, untruth another.
  • Differentiate between a fact, untruth, and an opinion.
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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