What is false?

  • (adj): Erroneous and usually accidental.
    Example: "A false start"; "a false alarm"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "false":

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

Famous quotes containing the word false:

    Over the stark plain
    The stilted mill-chimneys once again spread
    Their sackcloth and ashes a flowing mane
    Of repentance for the false day that’s fled.
    William Robert Rodgers (1909–1969)

    A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines.
    Simone Weil (1909–1943)

    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)