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Definition of 'false'
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In a disloyal and faithless manner; "he behaved treacherously"; "his wife played him false" [syn: faithlessly, traitorously, treacherously, treasonably, false]
Not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality; "gave false testimony under oath"; "false tales of bravery" [ant: true]
Arising from error; "a false assumption"; "a mistaken view of the situation" [syn: false, mistaken]
Erroneous and usually accidental; "a false start"; "a false alarm"
Deliberately deceptive; "false pretenses"
Inappropriate to reality or facts; "delusive faith in a wonder drug"; "delusive expectations"; "false hopes" [syn: delusive, false]
Not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated alligator hide" [syn: fake, false, faux, imitation, simulated]
Designed to deceive; "a suitcase with a false bottom"
Inaccurate in pitch; "a false (or sour) note"; "her singing was off key" [syn: false, off-key, sour]
Adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty" [syn: assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham]
(used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful; "a false friend"; "when lovers prove untrue" [syn: false, untrue]
Definition of 'False'
False \False\, a. [Compar. Falser; superl. Falsest.] [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]
1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false witness. [1913 Webster]
2. Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance, vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false friend, lover, or subject; false to promises. [1913 Webster]
I to myself was false, ere thou to me. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
3. Not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement. [1913 Webster]
4. Not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive; counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty; false colors; false jewelry. [1913 Webster]
False face must hide what the false heart doth know. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
5. Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as, a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in grammar. [1913 Webster]
Whose false foundation waves have swept away. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
6. Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which are temporary or supplemental. [1913 Webster]
7. (Mus.) Not in tune. [1913 Webster]
False arch (Arch.), a member having the appearance of an arch, though not of arch construction.
False attic, an architectural erection above the main cornice, concealing a roof, but not having windows or inclosing rooms.
False bearing, any bearing which is not directly upon a vertical support; thus, the weight carried by a corbel has a false bearing.
False cadence, an imperfect or interrupted cadence.
False conception (Med.), an abnormal conception in which a mole, or misshapen fleshy mass, is produced instead of a properly organized fetus.
False croup (Med.), a spasmodic affection of the larynx attended with the symptoms of membranous croup, but unassociated with the deposit of a fibrinous membrane.
False door or False window (Arch.), the representation of a door or window, inserted to complete a series of doors or windows or to give symmetry.
False fire, a combustible carried by vessels of war, chiefly for signaling, but sometimes burned for the purpose of deceiving an enemy; also, a light on shore for decoying a vessel to destruction.
False imprisonment (Law), the arrest and imprisonment of a person without warrant or cause, or contrary to law; or the unlawful detaining of a person in custody.
False keel (Naut.), the timber below the main keel, used to serve both as a protection and to increase the shio's lateral resistance.
False key, a picklock.
False leg. (Zool.) See Proleg.
False membrane (Med.), the fibrinous deposit formed in croup and diphtheria, and resembling in appearance an animal membrane.
False papers (Naut.), documents carried by a ship giving false representations respecting her cargo, destination, etc., for the purpose of deceiving.
False passage (Surg.), an unnatural passage leading off from a natural canal, such as the urethra, and produced usually by the unskillful introduction of instruments.
False personation (Law), the intentional false assumption of the name and personality of another.
False pretenses (Law), false representations concerning past or present facts and events, for the purpose of defrauding another.
False rail (Naut.), a thin piece of timber placed on top of the head rail to strengthen it.
False relation (Mus.), a progression in harmony, in which a certain note in a chord appears in the next chord prefixed by a flat or sharp.
False return (Law), an untrue return made to a process by the officer to whom it was delivered for execution.
False ribs (Anat.), the asternal rebs, of which there are five pairs in man.
False roof (Arch.), the space between the upper ceiling and the roof. --Oxford Gloss.
False token, a false mark or other symbol, used for fraudulent purposes.
False scorpion (Zool.), any arachnid of the genus Chelifer. See Book scorpion.
False tack (Naut.), a coming up into the wind and filling away again on the same tack.
False vampire (Zool.), the Vampyrus spectrum of South America, formerly erroneously supposed to have blood-sucking habits; -- called also vampire, and {ghost vampire}. The genuine blood-sucking bats belong to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla. See Vampire.
False window. (Arch.) See False door, above.
False wing. (Zool.) See Alula, and Bastard wing, under Bastard.
False works (Civil Engin.), construction works to facilitate the erection of the main work, as scaffolding, bridge centering, etc. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'False'
False \False\, adv. Not truly; not honestly; falsely. "You play me false." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'False'
False \False\, v. t. [L. falsare to falsify, fr. falsus: cf. F. fausser. See False, a.]
1. To report falsely; to falsify. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
2. To betray; to falsify. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
[He] hath his truthe falsed in this wise. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
3. To mislead by want of truth; to deceive. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
In his falsed fancy. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
4. To feign; to pretend to make. [Obs.] "And falsed oft his blows." --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
Synonyms of 'false'
aberrant, abroad, adrift, affected, airy, all abroad, all off, all wrong, ambidextrous, amiss, apostate, apparent, apparitional, artful, artificial, askew, astray, at fault, autistic, awry, backsliding, Barmecidal, Barmecide, baseborn, bastard, beguiling, beside the mark, bogus, brummagem, calculating, canting, catchy, chimeric, chiseling, collusive, concocted, contrary to fact, corrupt, counterfeit, counterfeited, covinous, crafty, crooked, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, defective, deluding, delusional, delusionary, delusive, delusory, dereistic, derelict, deviant, deviational, deviative, devious, disaffected, dishonest, disloyal, distorted, double, double-dealing, double-faced, double-minded, double-tongued, doublehearted, dreamlike, dreamy, dubious, dummy, duplicitous, errant, erring, erroneous, ersatz, fabricated, factitious, faithless, fake, faked, fallacious, false-principled, falsehearted, fantastic, faultful, faulty, feigned, fickle, fictitious, finagling, fishy, flawed, forged, fraudulent, furtive, goody, goody-goody, guileful, hallucinatory, heretical, heterodox, holier-than-thou, hollow, hypocritical, illegitimate, illogical, illusional, illusionary, illusive, illusory, imaginary, imitation, imprecise, in error, inaccurate, inconstant, incorrect, indirect, inexact, insidious, insincere, invalid, lying, Machiavellian, made-up, manufactured, mealymouthed, mendacious, meretricious, misbegotten, miscreated, misleading, mistaken, mock, not right, not true, not true to, of bad faith, off, off the track, ostensible, out, peccant, perfidious, perverse, perverted, phantasmagoric, phantasmal, phantom, pharisaic, phony, pietistic, pinchbeck, pious, pseudo, questionable, recreant, renegade, sanctified, sanctimonious, scheming, seeming, self-contradictory, self-deceptive, self-deluding, self-righteous, sham, sharp, shifty, simulated, slippery, sneaky, snide, sniveling, specious, spectral, spurious, straying, substitute, supposititious, surreptitious, synthetic, Tartuffian, Tartuffish, traitorous, treacherous, trickish, tricksy, tricky, trothless, truthless, two-faced, unactual, unctuous, underhand, underhanded, unfactual, unfaithful, unfounded, unloyal, unnatural, unorthodox, unproved, unreal, unsound, unsteadfast, unsubstantial, untrue, untrustworthy, untruthful, visionary, wide, wily, wrong
Words containing 'False'
Falsely, Falseness, False Pass, False arch, False attic, False bearing, False cadence, False conception, False croup, False door, False fire, False galena, False imprisonment, False jalap, False keel, False key, False leg, False loosestrife, False membrane, False miterwort, False myrrh, False nettle, False papers, False passage, False personation, False pretenses, False quarter, False rail, False relation, False return, False ribs, False roof, False sandalwood, False scorpion, False tack, False token, False topaz, False vampire, False window, False wing, False works, christs false, false alarm, false alumroot, false asphodel, false azalea, false beachdrops, false belief, false bittersweet, false bottom, false bracken, false buckthorn, false bugbane, false calyx, false chamomile, false deathcap, false dogwood, false dragonhead, false face, false flax, false foxglove, false front, false fruit, false garlic, false gavial, false glottis, false goatsbeard, false gromwell, false hair, false heather, false hellebore, false indigo, false labor, false leopardbane, false lupine, false mallow, false mildew, false mistletoe, false mitrewort, false modesty, false morel, false move, false name, false oat, false pimpernel, false pregnancy, false pretence, false pretense, false ragweed, false rue, false saffron, false sago, false sarsaparilla, false show, false smut, false step, false tamarisk, false teeth, false truffle, false verdict, false wintergreen, false witness, play false, False Pass, AK, False Solomon's seal, False-faced, False-heart, False-hearted, False-heartedness, bearing false witness, blue false indigo, california false morel, false baby's breath, false dragon head, false lily of the valley, false rue anemone, false vampire bat, false vocal cord, false vocal fold, great false leopardbane, oriental false leopardbane, red false mallow, scentless false camomile, sweet false chamomile, true-false, white false indigo, false saber-toothed tiger, saddled-shaped false morel
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