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English adjective: false

1. false not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality

SamplesGave false testimony under oath.
False tales of bravery.

Similarmendacious, specious, spurious, trumped-up, untrue

See alsocounterfeit, dishonest, dishonorable, imitative, incorrect, insincere, wrong

Attributethe true, trueness, truth, verity


2. false arising from error

SamplesA false assumption.
A mistaken view of the situation.


Similarincorrect, wrong

Antonymscorrect, right

3. false erroneous and usually accidental

SamplesA false start.
A false alarm.



4. false deliberately deceptive

SamplesFalse pretenses.



5. false inappropriate to reality or facts

SamplesDelusive faith in a wonder drug.
Delusive expectations.
False hopes.




6. false not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

SamplesIt isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur.
Faux pearls.
False teeth.
Decorated with imitation palm leaves.
A purse of simulated alligator hide.

Synonymsfake, faux, imitation, simulated

Similarartificial, unreal


7. false designed to deceive

SamplesA suitcase with a false bottom.

Similardishonest, dishonorable

Antonymshonest, honorable

8. false inaccurate in pitch

SamplesA false (or sour) note.
Her singing was off key.

Synonymsoff-key, sour

Similarinharmonious, unharmonious


9. false adopted in order to deceive

SamplesAn assumed name.
An assumed cheerfulness.
A fictitious address.
Fictive sympathy.
A pretended interest.
A put-on childish voice.
Sham modesty.

Synonymsassumed, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham

Similarcounterfeit, imitative

Antonymsecht, genuine

10. false (used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful

SamplesA false friend.
When lovers prove untrue.




English adverb: false

1. false in a disloyal and faithless manner

SamplesHe behaved treacherously.
His wife played him false.

Synonymsfaithlessly, traitorously, treacherously, treasonably

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