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Definition of "false" [false]

  • Contrary to fact or truth: false tales of bravery. (adjective)
  • Deliberately untrue: delivered false testimony under oath. (adjective)
  • Arising from mistaken ideas: false hopes of writing a successful novel. (adjective)
  • Intentionally deceptive: a suitcase with a false bottom; false promises. (adjective)
  • Not keeping faith; treacherous: a false friend. See Synonyms at faithless. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "false" in a sentence
  • "If the word ˜false™ in a is taken in the third sense, therefore, a's primary significate does exist, since it is a fact that a is false in the third sense."
  • "The world may, and (as a matter of fact) does abound in false Churches, just as it abounds in false deities; but, this is rendered possible only _because they are false_."
  • "This Rome, this scene of false priests, clothed not in the beauty of holiness, but in far other vesture, is _false_: but what is it to Luther?"