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false
[[t]fɔ͟ːls[/t]]
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1) ADJ If something is false, it is incorrect, untrue, or mistaken.

It was quite clear the President was being given false information by those around him...

You do not know whether what you're told is true or false...

His sister said he had deliberately given the hospital a false name and address.

Ant:
true, genuine
Derived words:
falsely ADV ADV with v

...a man who is falsely accused of a crime.

falsity [[t]fɔ͟ːlsɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT oft the N of n

...with no clear knowledge of the truth or falsity of the issues involved.

2) ADJ: usu ADJ n You use false to describe objects which are artificial but which are intended to look like the real thing or to be used instead of the real thing.

...the items she'd secreted in the false bottom of her suitcase.

...a set of false teeth...

I was wearing false eyelashes and a sweater two sizes too small.

Syn:
Ant:
3) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a person or their behaviour as false, you are criticizing them for being insincere or for hiding their real feelings.

She bowed her head and smiled in false modesty...

`Thank you,' she said with false enthusiasm...

Even to himself the geniality rang false and he came to a stop.

Ant:
Derived words:
falsely ADV-GRADED ADV adj, ADV after v

He was falsely jovial, with his booming, mirthless laugh...

`This food is divine,' they murmur, falsely.


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