Definition of untrue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈtruː/


1Not in accordance with fact or reality; false or incorrect: these suggestions are totally untrue a malicious and untrue story
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  • Since the hints and allegations presented thus far are unsupported and in fact untrue, it would be hard indeed to determine their impacts on operations.
  • Well, I know for a fact that this is untrue: the old girl merely sent over an old wig and a pair of inflatable waterwings and demanded that all opera glasses were removed from the auditorium.
  • A fact being irrelevant is not the same thing as a fact being untrue.
flawed, specious, fallacious, unsound, unfounded, misguided, distorted, out, misleading;
fictitious, fabulous, mythical, mythological
2Not faithful or loyal: a despotic sheik can be untrue to his vast seraglio
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  • ‘I believe in music’ is her motto and she has never been untrue to it.
  • The screenwriter should give the film its own coherent and persuasive narrative, with an approach that discards the issue of being true or untrue to the original.
  • Hypocrisy, from the Ancient Greek word hypocrites - actor - is the condition of somebody who is untrue to their stated ideals.
3Incorrectly positioned or balanced; not upright or level.
Example sentences
  • Our adjustable frame systems allow for untrue walls and our kits are delivered fully assembled.



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈtruːli/
Example sentences
  • It would be a breach of duty, actionable if followed by damage, to tell her untruly that her child had been burnt.
  • It has been brought to our attention that this was untruly credited and that Joe actually wrote this story.
  • At times, it has been made too easy for autocrats to untruly claim that democracy movements are agents of foreign forces.


Old English untrēowe 'unfaithful' (see un-1, true).

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