falsify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v falsify insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
    • v falsify falsify knowingly "She falsified the records"
    • v falsify prove false "Falsify a claim"
    • v falsify make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
    • v falsify tamper, with the purpose of deception "Fudge the figures","cook the books","falsify the data"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Falsify (Law) To avoid or defeat; to prove false, as a judgment.
    • Falsify To baffle or escape; as, to falsify a blow.
    • Falsify To counterfeit; to forge; as, to falsify coin.
    • Falsify To make false by multilation or addition; to tamper with; as, to falsify a record or document.
    • Falsify To make false; to represent falsely. "The Irish bards use to forge and falsify everything as they list, to please or displease any man."
    • Falsify To prove to be false, or untrustworthy; to confute; to disprove; to nullify; to make to appear false. "By how much better than my word I am,
      By so much shall I falsify men's hope."
      "Jews and Pagans united all their endeavors, under Julian the apostate, to baffle and falsify the prediction."
    • Falsify (Equity) To show, in accounting, (an inem of charge inserted in an account) to be wrong.
    • v. i Falsify To tell lies; to violate the truth. "It is absolutely and universally unlawful to lie and falsify .""South."
    • Falsify To violate; to break by falsehood; as, to falsify one's faith or word.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • falsify To make false or deceptive; cause to vary from truth or genuineness; change so as to deceive; sophisticate; adulterate; misrepresent: as, to falsify accounts, weights and measures, or commodities; to falsify a person's meaning.
    • falsify To make a false representation of; counterfeit; forge.
    • falsify To show to be erroneous or incorrect; disprove: as, the event falsified his words.
    • falsify To violate; break by falsehood or treachery: as, to falsify one's faith or word.
    • falsify To cause to fail or become false; baffle; make useless: as, to falsify a person's aim.
    • falsify To feign, as a blow. Same as false, v. t., 5.
    • falsify In law: To prove to be false, as a judgment; avoid or defeat.
    • falsify In equity, to show to be erroneous, as an item claimed on the credit side of an account.
    • falsify To tell falsehoods; lie; violate the truth.
    • n falsify In fencing, a feint; a baffling thrust.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Falsify fawls′i-fī to forge or counterfeit: to prove untrustworthy: to break by falsehood
    • pr.p Falsify fals′ifying; pa.p. fals′ified
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. falsus, false + -ly,: cf. F. falsifier,. See False (a.)

Usage

In literature:

The advertising of this musical show had not so very far falsified its attractions.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
My presentiment was signally falsified.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
May they not at least have been mistaken, when they ventured to emit prophecies which history falsified?
"The Preacher and His Models" by James Stalker
He had falsified the books, and he could not undo that.
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
That record cannot be falsified.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
He is such a machine, and I cannot imagine him capable of so much initiative as systematically to forge checks and falsify ledgers.
"The Man Who Knew" by Edgar Wallace
In either of its faces, this theory is falsified by a steady review of facts.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348" by Various
She shivered, letting the shield drop even further and allowing her fear, only partially falsified, to seep through.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
It was merely a momentary vexation which Hugh Ritson felt when the course that Paul had taken falsified his prescience.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
This reasonable forecast was utterly falsified by the event.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold
It falsifies the simple objectivity of their deliverance.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
He falsified the land records!
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Equivalent almost to falsifying a horoscope.
"Conquest Over Time" by Michael Shaara
The influence of admiration is recognized as distorting and falsifying, while exalting.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
He talks about the disgraceful falsifying of all natural and social laws by the invention of the devil, force.
"Landmarks of Scientific Socialism" by Friedrich Engels
Soon after, a falsified papal bull was published by Sverre, in which the ban was revoked.
"The Story of Norway" by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
Even more worthy of notice is the shameless manner in which evidence was falsified.
"What was the Gunpowder Plot?" by John Gerard
Why had she falsified?
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
This much negative value they have: that they show how history can be falsified in one interest or another.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
They said that he had usurped a sovereignty, falsified documents, purloined jewels of immense value.
"Barrington Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

They used man's wicked, cunning ways,
They gave him friend's salute;
They falsified to ambush him,
They took his life like brutes.
"Maceo—Cuba's Liberator" by Frank Barbour Coffin
I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed.
Inaction, no falsifying dream
Between my hooked head and hooked feet:
Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.
"Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes
"Courteous lady, leave this fancy;
Here comes all that breeds the strife.
I in England have already
A sweet woman to my wife:
I will not falsify my vow for gold nor gain,
Nor yet for all the fairest dames that live in Spain."
"The Spanish Lady's Love" by Henry Morley
"Each will think: 'This falsifier knows that I too am a liar.
Curse him for a son of Satan, all unholily compound!
Curse my leader for another! Curse that pelican, my mother!
Would to God that I when little in my victual had been drowned!'"
"At The Close Of The Canvass" by Ambrose Bierce
I ask no dispensation now,
To falsify a tear, or sigh, or vow ;
I do not sue from thee to draw A non obstante on nature's law ;
These are prerogatives, they inhere In thee and thine ; none should forswear
Except that he Love's minion were.
"Love's Exchange" by John Donne

In news:

A Lake Park woman who formerly worked for the state Department of Children and Families was arrested today on charges that she falsified records and stole funds, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report.
Massachusetts Ambulance Company Pays Penalty for Falsifying Training Qualifications.
State police recently charged James A Wagoner, 38, of Fonda, with third-degree larceny, first-degree falsifying of business records and first-degree filing of a false instrument.
State Police in Wilton announced the arrest of Jason J Lapierre for grand larceny in the second degree and falsifying business records in the first degree on Wednesday, Jan 12.
A former Upstate Medical University scientist has been sanctioned for falsifying results of federally-funded research.
Five Correction Officers Charged With Falsifying Reports.
About 25% of Facebook users falsified information in profiles to protect their identity.
Joseph is accused of falsifying an accident report and is charged with malfeasance in office and injuring public records.
A former water supply monitor in New York City pleaded guilty for falsifying records that involved the purity of the city's drinking water.
Los Angeles sheriff's deputy Jermaine Jackson charged with assaulting inmates, falsifying reports.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Thursday for allegedly assaulting inmates and then falsifying the police reports.
Because joining doesn't require a credit card, though, a preteenager can slip through by falsifying his or her birth date.
State worker from Petersburg faces six felony charges, is accused of falsifying timesheets.
Missouri to prosecute company that falsified documents.
SOLEDAD, Calif.—A California prison psychiatrist paid more than $800,000 last year has been suspended with pay amid allegations he falsified time records.
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In science:

In particular, the new method uses large databases instead of controlled experiments as the key empirical ingredients that are necessary to test, refine, and potentially falsify a theory.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
One has to rely on other indirect hints, such as charged lepton flavor violation in a supersymmetric context, in order to falsify this theory.
Two-Loop Neutrino Mass Generation through Leptoquarks
Since B 0 → ωK 0 has been seen while B → φK has not (the φK 0 signal is only 2.6σ), this could be the first test capable of falsifying our assumption that p′V = −p′P .
New Information on B Decays to Charmless VP Final States
These large logarithms spoil the convergence of the perturbative series, and falsify the O(αs) prediction of the transverse momentum when QT ≪ Q.
The Higgs Working Group: Summary Report
Readers might be interested to know what the prospects are for RHIC and the LHC to explore, verify, or falsify any of the features of fig. 4.
Hot or dense matter
However, in order to prove or falsify any model it is essential to perform further measurements at energies between 20 and 200 GeV to study the scaling of hpT i in greater detail.
Experimental summary on global observables, hadron spectra and ratios
The search for these features could either confirm or falsify the standard picture of inflation.
Next-generation test of cosmic inflation
Thus for this model measurements of nS simply map into constraints on λ, without presenting an opportunity to falsify the general model.
Next-generation test of cosmic inflation
The mathematical concept of randomness is inherent in an indeterministic, i.e., probabilistic dynamics. A physical problem related to the concept is the impossibility of empirically verifying or falsifying the randomness of results of a generic quantum dynamical process.
Cosmological Quantum Jump Dynamics II. The Retrodictive Universe
Much of the lattice work has concentrated on validating one particular model, rather than also falsifying competing models.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
Then we (or more likely our friends) make a determined effort to falsify our theory by finding a measurement or observation that is inconsistent with the theory.
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Conference Summary
Occasionally resolute attempts to falsify the theory fail, and people gain confidence in the accuracy of its predictions.
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Conference Summary
The first detailed analysis of how one might be able to falsify the black hole nature of a massive compact ob ject was by Fintan Ryan .
Towards a formalism for mapping the spacetimes of massive compact objects: Bumpy black holes and their orbits
Focusing on gravitational-wave measurements with the planned space-based laser interferometer LISA , Ryan showed that enough multipoles should be measurable to easily falsify the black hole hypothesis.
Towards a formalism for mapping the spacetimes of massive compact objects: Bumpy black holes and their orbits
Meanwhile, other more conclusive experiments falsifying Leggett’s nonlocal hidden variables model have been done [3, 4].
Time and nonlocal realism: Consequences of the before-before experiment
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