[fawls-hoo d]
  1. a false statement; lie.
  2. something false; an untrue idea, belief, etc.: The Nazis propagated the falsehood of racial superiority.
  3. the act of lying or making false statements.
  4. lack of conformity to truth or fact.
  5. Obsolete. deception.

Origin of falsehood

First recorded in 1250–1300, falsehood is from the Middle English word falshede. See false, -hood

Synonym study

1. Falsehood, fib, lie, untruth refer to something untrue or incorrect. A falsehood is a statement that distorts or suppresses the truth, in order to deceive: to tell a falsehood about one's ancestry in order to gain acceptance. A fib denotes a trivial falsehood, and is often used to characterize that which is not strictly true: a polite fib. A lie is a vicious falsehood: to tell a lie about one's neighbor. An untruth is an incorrect statement, either intentionally misleading (less harsh, however, than falsehood or lie) or arising from misunderstanding or ignorance: I'm afraid you are telling an untruth.

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