[ UK /fˈɒls/ ]
[ US /ˈfɔɫs/ ]
  1. erroneous and usually accidental
    a false alarm
    a false start
  2. inappropriate to reality or facts
    delusive expectations
    delusive faith in a wonder drug
    false hopes
  3. arising from error
    a mistaken view of the situation
    a false assumption
  4. designed to deceive
    a suitcase with a false bottom
  5. not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article
    a purse of simulated alligator hide
    decorated with imitation palm leaves
    faux pearls
    false teeth
    it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur
  6. not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
    gave false testimony under oath
    false tales of bravery
  7. adopted in order to deceive
    an assumed name
    a put-on childish voice
    an assumed cheerfulness
    a fictitious address
    fictive sympathy
    sham modesty
    a pretended interest
  8. deliberately deceptive
    false pretenses
  9. (used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful
    when lovers prove untrue
    a false friend
  10. inaccurate in pitch
    her singing was off key
    a false (or sour) note
  1. in a disloyal and faithless manner
    he behaved treacherously
    his wife played him false
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How To Use false In A Sentence

  • It would almost be better to have no backbench bills at all than the current system, which offers a false glimmer of hope. Times, Sunday Times
  • Neither of them sugar-coat the ups and down of working in the industry, but they will open your eyes a great deal about the false assumptions that you're making.
  • The coulpe or peccavi, is made for a very small matter — a broken glass, a torn veil, an involuntary delay of a few seconds at an office, a false note in church, etc.; this suffices, and the coulpe is made. Les Miserables
  • There is much debate on the issue of "therapists" implanting false memories of sexual abuse in adults.
  • Finally, in the formation of an opinion as to the abstract preferableness of one course of action over another, or as to the truth or falsehood or right significance of a proposition, the fact that the majority of one's contemporaries lean in the other direction is naught, and no more than dust in the balance. On Compromise
  • Thereafter thought, weighing the truth or falseness of the notion, determines what is true: and this explains the Greek word for thought, dianoia, which is derived from dianoein, meaning to think and discriminate. NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus
  • One in 20 changed their marital status to appeal to employers and five per cent falsely claimed to play golf. The Sun
  • False statements on your tax form could land you in jail.
  • Their false testimonies could not be allowed, because at least two of them were needed to coincide in order for the testimony to be legal.
  • He wasn't trying to give her false hope.
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