- 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)
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