falsehood

Definitions

  • Lie, Falsehood. Arikara
    Lie, Falsehood. Arikara
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n falsehood the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting
    • n falsehood a false statement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Falsehood A counterfeit; a false appearance; an imposture. "For his molten image is falsehood .""No falsehood can endure
      Touch of celestial temper."
    • Falsehood A deliberate intentional assertion of what is known to be untrue; a departure from moral integrity; a lie.
    • Falsehood Treachery; deceit; perfidy; unfaithfulness. "Betrayed by falsehood of his guard."
    • Falsehood Want of truth or accuracy; an untrue assertion or representation; error; misrepresentation; falsity. "Though it be a lie in the clock, it is but a falsehood in the hand of the dial when pointing at a wrong hour, if rightly following the direction of the wheel which moveth it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n falsehood The fact or quality of being false; falseness; dishonest purpose or intention; treachery; deceitfulness; perfidy: opposed to truthfulness.
    • n falsehood That which is false; a false representation in word or deed; an untruth; a lie: as, the tale is a series of falsehoods; to act a falsehood.
    • n falsehood False manifestation or procedure; deceitful speech, action, or appearance; counterfeit; imposture; specifically, in law, a fraudulent imitation or suppression of truth to the prejudice of another.
    • n falsehood Synonyms Falsehood, Falseness, Falsity; untruth, fabrication, fiction. Instances may be quoted in abundance from old authors to show that the first three words are often strictly synonymous; but the modern tendency has been decidedly in favor of separating them, falsehood standing for the concrete thing, an intentional lie; falseness, for the quality of being guiltily false or treacherous: as, he is justly despised for his falseness to his oath; and falsity, for the quality of being false without blame: as, the falsity of reasoning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Falsehood state or quality of being false: want of truth: want of honesty: deceitfulness: false appearance: an untrue statement: a lie
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Quotations

  • Desiderius Erasmus
    Desiderius%20Erasmus
    “Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.”
  • Aleister Crowley
    Aleister%20Crowley
    “Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.”
  • Marcel Proust
    Marcel%20Proust
    “Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.”
  • William Shenstone
    William Shenstone
    “A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.”
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Ludwig%20Wittgenstein
    “The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    Peace%20Pilgrim
    “This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
False, + -hood,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fals (mod. faux)—L. falsus, pa.p. of fallĕre, to deceive.

Usage

In literature:

Truth is so good a thing that falsehood can not afford to be without it.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
Lane had caught her in falsehoods.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
These facts alone stamp falsehood on the face of Mrs. Stowe's tale.
"A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin" by A. Woodward
Political problems do not primarily concern truth or falsehood.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Falsehood and delusion are allowed in no case whatever: but, as in the exercise of all the virtues, there is an economy of truth.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The ready and reckless falsehood sprang to Alfred's lips.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The falsehood she was about to tell revived her embarrassment for a moment.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
But the falsehood is only by perversion.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863" by Various
These falsehoods are necessary.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
Margie has been told some dire falsehood!
"The Fatal Glove" by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
Do not, however, for one moment imagine that I yield any credit to this atrocious falsehood.
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
In fact, she blushed deeply at the falsehood he attempted to impose upon her.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
He is a gentleman of integrity, and would not state a falsehood.
"The Poor Scholar" by William Carleton
He was incapable of conceiving of such falsehood as the other's.
"The Knight of the Golden Melice" by John Turvill Adams
When heaven denied you aid, She brought it, she, whose falsehood you upbraid.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Dreaming and waking are alike real to her: she knows not to divide truth from falsehood.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
In the change of religion, care was taken to render the transition from falsehood to truth as little violent as possible.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
I am sure the endless falsehood in which such creatures live must make them very cowardly.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Man is then only disguise, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in himself and in regard to others.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
The obnoxious consequences of falsehood, as it is patent to all, constitute an evil for which falsehood is responsible.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
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In poetry:

"Like the dewdrop in my bosom,
Be thy guileless language, youth;
Falsehood buyeth falsehood only,
Truth must purchase truth.
"The Lily Confidante" by Henry Timrod
"Let fops with fickle falsehood range
The paths of wanton love,
While weeping maids lament their change,
And sadden every grove:
"Nancy of the Vale" by William Shenstone
Sing not of beauty's grace to me;
I can not bear to hear the name;
For, oh! Too oft in it I see
A soul of falsehood and of shame!
"Sing Not Of Beauty" by Freeman Edwin Miller
The man that doth his neighbor wrong
By falsehood or by force,
The scornful eye, the sland'rous tongue
I'll thrust them from my doors.
"Psalm 101" by Isaac Watts
Great friendship here
Turned falsehood out of doors without a fear,
And brought the golden age of dreamers near
For one all too brief year.
"The Last Room" by Bliss William Carman
"Well, thou hast fought for many a year,
Hast fought thy whole life through,
Hast humbled Falsehood, trampled Fear;
What is there left to do?
"Self-Interogation" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

No, you won't find "Double Falsehood" contained in this edition of William Shakespeare 's plays.
DoJ Obamite Caught by Judge in Falsehood.
Deliberate Falsehoods in Health Care Debate.
Obama's falsehoods will further erode his standing.
Re "Fox News duped its audience with diet of falsehoods and bile" (Viewpoints, Nov 13): Bruce Maiman's column was excellent.
Falsehood, untruth, fib, fiction, fabrication and prevarication.
The top federal securities regulator says he won't tolerate any falsehoods in WorldCom's report on its accounting scandal.
Candidates trade accusations of falsehoods in second head-to-head .
Obama has knack for making falsehoods sound true.
On 'Silver Linings Playbook,' football and reading falsehoods about his love life .
At the conclusion of her detailed critique, Saul said the story amounted to a series of "outright falsehoods, misleading innuendo, and failures to provide even the minimal appropriate context.".
Bachmann and Perry lead the GOP's all star falsehood squad.
Twitter shames spreader of falsehoods.
Falsehood, untruth, fib, fiction, fabrication and prevarication .
There were a lot of, I'll put this gingerly, "falsehoods" in both speeches .
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In science:

The random hypergraph model herein may be viewed as a simplification of the random satisfiability model: a vertex corresponds to a Boolean variable, and a hyperedge to the set of variables appearing in a specific logical conjunction, neglecting the truth or falsehood assigned to those variables.
Structure of large random hypergraphs
The random hypergraph model herein may be viewed as a simplification of the random satisfiability model: a vertex corresponds to a Boolean variable, and a hyperedge to the set of variables appearing in a specific logical conjunction, neglecting the truth or falsehood assigned to those variables.
Structure of large random hypergraphs
But the truth (or falsehood) of the proposition X ≡ P RN C (P , Q) entails the truth (or falsehood) of the proposition Y ≡ QM T C (P , Q).
On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Proof of the `Incompleteness' of Quantum Mechanics
But the truth (or falsehood) of the proposition X ≡ P RN C (P , Q) entails the truth (or falsehood) of the proposition Y ≡ QM T C (P , Q).
Why Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen did not prove that quantum mechanics is `incomplete'
The semantics of S T T is well understood and thoroughly documented in the literature [1, 2, 9, 25]; our summary below is adapted from Andrews . A frame is a collection {Dα}α∈T of nonempty sets Dα , such that Do = {T , F } (for truth and falsehood).
Quantified Multimodal Logics in Simple Type Theory
The crucial difference between Popperian science and CRM science is that the former appears to justify stark binary assessments regarding the truth or falsehood of a theory, while the latter provides only a number which can be compared to other numbers.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
For simplicity, we assume that first-order logic contains a propositional constant ⊥ for falsehood; formally, ⊥ is a 0-ary relation symbol always interpreted by
An Algebraic Preservation Theorem for Aleph-Zero Categorical Quantified Constraint Satisfaction
This assumption is by analogy to logie of propositions in where the value 1 corresponds to ‘truth’ and value 0 to ‘falsehood’.
Hidden Variables, Non Contextuality and Einstein-Locality in Quantum Mechanics
Subset pivotality means that the distribution of any subvector of p-values under the respective null hypotheses is unaffected by the truth or falsehood of the remaining hypotheses, i.e.
Validation of credit default probabilities via multiple testing procedures
In a nutshell, we will see that formally this asymmetry is due to the wellknown preference of falsehood in logic programming semantics.
Towards a Systematic Account of Different Semantics for Logic Programs
It allows to substitute the preference for falsehood by preference for truth in the stable and well-founded semantics, but uses entirely different means than presented here.
Towards a Systematic Account of Different Semantics for Logic Programs
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