What does falsehood mean?

Definitions for falsehood
ˈfɔls hʊdfalse·hood

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. falsehood, falsity, untruthnoun

    a false statement

  2. falsification, falsehoodnoun

    the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting

Wiktionary

  1. falsehoodnoun

    The property of being false.

  2. falsehoodnoun

    A false statement, especially an intentional one; a lie

    Don't tell falsehoods.

  3. falsehoodnoun

    Mendacity, deceitfulness; the trait of a person who is mendacious and deceitful.

  4. Etymology: From falshede, from false + -hede.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Falsehoodnoun

    Etymology: from false.

    All deception in the course of life is, indeed, nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words to things. Robert South, Sermons.

Wikipedia

  1. falsehood

    Deception or falsehood is an act or statement that misleads, hides the truth, or promotes a belief, concept, or idea that is not true. It is often done for personal gain or advantage. Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda and sleight of hand as well as distraction, camouflage or concealment. There is also self-deception, as in bad faith. It can also be called, with varying subjective implications, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, ruse, or subterfuge. Deception is a major relational transgression that often leads to feelings of betrayal and distrust between relational partners. Deception violates relational rules and is considered to be a negative violation of expectations. Most people expect friends, relational partners, and even strangers to be truthful most of the time. If people expected most conversations to be untruthful, talking and communicating with others would require distraction and misdirection to acquire reliable information. A significant amount of deception occurs between some romantic and relational partners.Deceit and dishonesty can also form grounds for civil litigation in tort, or contract law (where it is known as misrepresentation or fraudulent misrepresentation if deliberate), or give rise to criminal prosecution for fraud. It also forms a vital part of psychological warfare in denial and deception.

ChatGPT

  1. falsehood

    A falsehood is a statement or belief that is untrue, incorrect, or deceptive. It denotes a deliberate act of telling a lie or a fact or belief that is not true. It can also refer to the intentional act of misleading someone through false information or deception.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Falsehoodnoun

    want of truth or accuracy; an untrue assertion or representation; error; misrepresentation; falsity

  2. Falsehoodnoun

    a deliberate intentional assertion of what is known to be untrue; a departure from moral integrity; a lie

  3. Falsehoodnoun

    treachery; deceit; perfidy; unfaithfulness

  4. Falsehoodnoun

    a counterfeit; a false appearance; an imposture

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of falsehood in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of falsehood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of falsehood in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    All of us have a responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorist narrative.

  2. Plato:

    To the rulers of the state then, if to any, it belongs of right to use falsehood, to deceive either enemies or their own citizens, for the good of the state: and no one else may meddle with this privilege.

  3. John Dryden:

    We find few historians who have been diligent enough in their search for truth; it is their common method to take on trust what they help distribute to the public; by which means a falsehood once received from a famed writer becomes traditional to posterity.

  4. John F. Kennedy:

    We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

  5. Desiderius Erasmus:

    Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.

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