What is false?

  • (adj): Not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality.
    Example: "Gave false testimony under oath"; "false tales of bravery"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "false":

  • (adj): Deliberately deceptive.
    Example: "False pretenses"
    Synonyms: hollow
  • (adj): Inappropriate to reality or facts.
    Example: "False hopes"
    Synonyms: delusive
  • (adj): Designed to deceive.
    Example: "A suitcase with a false bottom"
  • (adj): Not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article.
    Example: "False teeth"
    Synonyms: fake, faux, imitation, simulated
  • (adj): Erroneous and usually accidental.
    Example: "A false start"; "a false alarm"
  • (adj): (used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful.
    Example: "A false friend"
    Synonyms: untrue
  • (adj): Inaccurate in pitch.
    Example: "A false (or sour) note"
    Synonyms: off-key, sour
  • (adj): Arising from error.
    Example: "A false assumption"
    Synonyms: mistaken

Famous quotes containing the word false:

    Everyone in the full enjoyment of all the blessings of his life, in his normal condition, feels some individual responsibility for the poverty of others. When the sympathies are not blunted by any false philosophy, one feels reproached by one’s own abundance.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902)

    Well, most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some of these communities of opinion. This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, authors of a few lies, but false in all particulars. Their every truth is not quite true. Their two is not the real two, their four not the real four; so that every word they say chagrins us and we know not where to set them right.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Approval of what is approved of
    Is as false as a well-kept vow.
    Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984)