What is false?

  • (adj): Inappropriate to reality or facts.
    Example: "False hopes"
    Synonyms: delusive
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "false":

  • (adj): Designed to deceive.
    Example: "A suitcase with a false bottom"
  • (adj): (used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful.
    Example: "A false friend"
    Synonyms: untrue
  • (adj): Deliberately deceptive.
    Example: "False pretenses"
    Synonyms: hollow
  • (adj): Erroneous and usually accidental.
    Example: "A false start"; "a false alarm"
  • (adj): Not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article.
    Example: "False teeth"
    Synonyms: fake, faux, imitation, simulated
  • (adj): Not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality.
    Example: "Gave false testimony under oath"; "false tales of bravery"
  • (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:

    We have much studied and much perfected, of late, the great civilized invention of the division of labour; only we give it a false name. It is not, truly speaking, the labour that is divided; but the men.
    John Ruskin (1819–1900)

    Wild as it was, it was hard for me to get rid of the associations of the settlements. Any steady and monotonous sound, to which I did not distinctly attend, passed for a sound of human industry.... Our minds anywhere, when left to themselves, are always thus busily drawing conclusions from false premises.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)