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  1. false friendnoun

    A word in a foreign language bearing a deceptive resemblance to a word in one's own language.

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  1. False friend

    False friends are pairs of words or phrases in two languages or dialects that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning. An example is the English embarrassed and the Spanish embarazada, which does not in fact mean 'embarrassed' but rather 'pregnant'. Often, there is a partial overlap in meanings, which creates additional complications: e.g. Spanish lima, meaning 'lime' and 'lime', but also 'file'. Only when lima is used to mean a file does it become a false friend to the English lime. Most difficult of all is the case of an overlap in meaning that does not catch all the nuances of each word—for instance, the French demande simply means a 'request', which is similar to a 'demand' but carries significant differences, as well. The term should be distinguished from "false cognates", which are similar words in different languages that appear to have a common historical linguistic origin but actually do not. As well as complete false friends, use of loanwords often results in the use of a word in a restricted context, which may then develop new meanings not found in the original language.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of false friend in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of false friend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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