1. not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality;
- Example: "gave false testimony under oath"
- Example: "false tales of bravery"
2. arising from error;
- Example: "a false assumption"
- Example: "a mistaken view of the situation"
[syn: false, mistaken]
3. erroneous and usually accidental;
- Example: "a false start"
- Example: "a false alarm"
4. deliberately deceptive;
- Example: "false pretenses"
5. inappropriate to reality or facts;
- Example: "delusive faith in a wonder drug"
- Example: "delusive expectations"
- Example: "false hopes"
[syn: delusive, false]
6. not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article;
- Example: "it isn't fake anything it's real synthetic fur";
- Example: "faux pearls"
- Example: "false teeth"
- Example: "decorated with imitation palm leaves"
- Example: "a purse of simulated alligator hide"
[syn: fake, false, faux, imitation, simulated]
7. designed to deceive;
- Example: "a suitcase with a false bottom"
8. inaccurate in pitch;
- Example: "a false (or sour) note"
- Example: "her singing was off key"
[syn: false, off-key, sour]
9. adopted in order to deceive;
- Example: "an assumed name"
- Example: "an assumed cheerfulness"
- Example: "a fictitious address"
- Example: "fictive sympathy"
- Example: "a pretended interest"
- Example: "a put-on childish voice"
- Example: "sham modesty"
[syn: assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham]
10. (used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful;
- Example: "a false friend"
- Example: "when lovers prove untrue"
[syn: false, untrue]
1. in a disloyal and faithless manner;
- Example: "he behaved treacherously"
- Example: "his wife played him false"
[syn: faithlessly, traitorously, treacherously, treasonably, false]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
False \False\, a. [Compar. Falser; superl. Falsest.] [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.] 1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false witness. [1913 Webster] 2. Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance, vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false friend, lover, or subject; false to promises. [1913 Webster] I to myself was false, ere thou to me. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement. [1913 Webster] 4. Not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive; counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty; false colors; false jewelry. [1913 Webster] False face must hide what the false heart doth know. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as, a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in grammar. [1913 Webster] Whose false foundation waves have swept away. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 6. Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which are temporary or supplemental. [1913 Webster] 7. (Mus.) Not in tune. [1913 Webster] False arch (Arch.), a member having the appearance of an arch, though not of arch construction. False attic, an architectural erection above the main cornice, concealing a roof, but not having windows or inclosing rooms. False bearing, any bearing which is not directly upon a vertical support; thus, the weight carried by a corbel has a false bearing. False cadence, an imperfect or interrupted cadence. False conception (Med.), an abnormal conception in which a mole, or misshapen fleshy mass, is produced instead of a properly organized fetus. False croup (Med.), a spasmodic affection of the larynx attended with the symptoms of membranous croup, but unassociated with the deposit of a fibrinous membrane. False door or False window (Arch.), the representation of a door or window, inserted to complete a series of doors or windows or to give symmetry. False fire, a combustible carried by vessels of war, chiefly for signaling, but sometimes burned for the purpose of deceiving an enemy; also, a light on shore for decoying a vessel to destruction. False galena. See Blende. False imprisonment (Law), the arrest and imprisonment of a person without warrant or cause, or contrary to law; or the unlawful detaining of a person in custody. False keel (Naut.), the timber below the main keel, used to serve both as a protection and to increase the shio's lateral resistance. False key, a picklock. False leg. (Zool.) See Proleg. False membrane (Med.), the fibrinous deposit formed in croup and diphtheria, and resembling in appearance an animal membrane. False papers (Naut.), documents carried by a ship giving false representations respecting her cargo, destination, etc., for the purpose of deceiving. False passage (Surg.), an unnatural passage leading off from a natural canal, such as the urethra, and produced usually by the unskillful introduction of instruments. False personation (Law), the intentional false assumption of the name and personality of another. False pretenses (Law), false representations concerning past or present facts and events, for the purpose of defrauding another. False rail (Naut.), a thin piece of timber placed on top of the head rail to strengthen it. False relation (Mus.), a progression in harmony, in which a certain note in a chord appears in the next chord prefixed by a flat or sharp. False return (Law), an untrue return made to a process by the officer to whom it was delivered for execution. False ribs (Anat.), the asternal rebs, of which there are five pairs in man. False roof (Arch.), the space between the upper ceiling and the roof. --Oxford Gloss. False token, a false mark or other symbol, used for fraudulent purposes. False scorpion (Zool.), any arachnid of the genus Chelifer. See Book scorpion. False tack (Naut.), a coming up into the wind and filling away again on the same tack. False vampire (Zool.), the Vampyrus spectrum of South America, formerly erroneously supposed to have blood-sucking habits; -- called also vampire, and ghost vampire. The genuine blood-sucking bats belong to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla. See Vampire. False window. (Arch.) See False door, above. False wing. (Zool.) See Alula, and Bastard wing, under Bastard. False works (Civil Engin.), construction works to facilitate the erection of the main work, as scaffolding, bridge centering, etc. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
False \False\, adv. Not truly; not honestly; falsely. "You play me false." --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
False \False\, v. t. [L. falsare to falsify, fr. falsus: cf. F. fausser. See False, a.] 1. To report falsely; to falsify. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To betray; to falsify. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] [He] hath his truthe falsed in this wise. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. To mislead by want of truth; to deceive. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In his falsed fancy. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 4. To feign; to pretend to make. [Obs.] "And falsed oft his blows." --Spenser. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
FALSE A small, compiled extensible language with lambda abstractions by W. van Oortmerssen. For Amiga (ftp://ftp.cso.uiuc.edu/pub/amiga/fish/ff885).Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
217 Moby Thesaurus words for "false": Barmecidal, Barmecide, Machiavellian, Tartuffian, Tartuffish, aberrant, abroad, adrift, affected, airy, all abroad, all off, all wrong, ambidextrous, amiss, apostate, apparent, apparitional, artful, artificial, askew, astray, at fault, autistic, awry, backsliding, baseborn, bastard, beguiling, beside the mark, bogus, brummagem, calculating, canting, catchy, chimeric, chiseling, collusive, concocted, contrary to fact, corrupt, counterfeit, counterfeited, covinous, crafty, crooked, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, defective, deluding, delusional, delusionary, delusive, delusory, dereistic, derelict, deviant, deviational, deviative, devious, disaffected, dishonest, disloyal, distorted, double, double-dealing, double-faced, double-minded, double-tongued, doublehearted, dreamlike, dreamy, dubious, dummy, duplicitous, errant, erring, erroneous, ersatz, fabricated, factitious, faithless, fake, faked, fallacious, false-principled, falsehearted, fantastic, faultful, faulty, feigned, fickle, fictitious, finagling, fishy, flawed, forged, fraudulent, furtive, goody, goody-goody, guileful, hallucinatory, heretical, heterodox, holier-than-thou, hollow, hypocritical, illegitimate, illogical, illusional, illusionary, illusive, illusory, imaginary, imitation, imprecise, in error, inaccurate, inconstant, incorrect, indirect, inexact, insidious, insincere, invalid, lying, made-up, manufactured, mealymouthed, mendacious, meretricious, misbegotten, miscreated, misleading, mistaken, mock, not right, not true, not true to, of bad faith, off, off the track, ostensible, out, peccant, perfidious, perverse, perverted, phantasmagoric, phantasmal, phantom, pharisaic, phony, pietistic, pinchbeck, pious, pseudo, questionable, recreant, renegade, sanctified, sanctimonious, scheming, seeming, self-contradictory, self-deceptive, self-deluding, self-righteous, sham, sharp, shifty, simulated, slippery, sneaky, snide, sniveling, specious, spectral, spurious, straying, substitute, supposititious, surreptitious, synthetic, traitorous, treacherous, trickish, tricksy, tricky, trothless, truthless, two-faced, unactual, unctuous, underhand, underhanded, unfactual, unfaithful, unfounded, unloyal, unnatural, unorthodox, unproved, unreal, unsound, unsteadfast, unsubstantial, untrue, untrustworthy, untruthful, visionary, wide, wily, wrong