Definition of falsehood in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôlsˌho͝od/


1The state of being untrue: the truth or falsehood of the many legends that surround her
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  • The problems of another transitional period provide the substance of Stage Beauty, an intelligent, entertaining examination of the line between illusion and reality, truth and falsehood, love and sex.
  • These utterances/acts are outside the consideration of truth or falsehood; they are semantically empty - they can produce only meanings.
  • It requires our full humanity - our rationality, our ability to sort out truth from falsehood, our intuition, our compassion, our vision, and our morality.
1.1A lie.
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  • You can teach falsehoods and half truths issue a diploma and call someone educated.
  • There is a grain of truth in both these stories, surrounded by falsehoods.
  • As a little boy I was much given to inventing deliberate falsehoods and this was always done for the sake of causing excitement.
lie, untruth, fib, falsification, fabrication, invention, fiction, story, cock-and-bull story, flight of fancy;
half truth
informal tall story, tall tale, fairy tale, whopper
1.2Lying: the right to sue for malicious falsehood
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  • The settlement was reached after Judd sued the magazine for malicious falsehood and false attribution.
  • They cannot be sued for libel, malicious falsehood or conspiring to give false evidence.
  • In malicious falsehood, the plaintiff has to prove that the statement is false.
lying, mendacity, untruthfulness, fibbing, fabrication, invention, perjury, telling stories;
deceit, deception, pretense, artifice, double-crossing, treachery
literary perfidy

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Syllabification: false·hood

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