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false (adjective)
1.
not genuine - false documents false teeth
2.
a) intentionally untrue - false testimony
b) adjusted or made so as to deceive - false scales a trunk with a false bottom
c) intended or tending to mislead - a false promise
3.
not true - false concepts
4.
a) not faithful or loyal - treacherous a false friend
b) lacking naturalness or sincerity - false sympathy
5.
a) not essential or permanent - used of parts of a structure that are temporary or supplemental
b) fitting over a main part to strengthen it, to protect it, or to disguise its appearance - a false ceiling
6.
inaccurate in pitch - a false note
7.
a) based on mistaken ideas - false pride
b) inconsistent with the facts - a false position a false sense of security
8.
threateningly sudden or deceptive - don't make any false moves faithless
false (adverb)
in a false or faithless manner - treacherously his friends played him false
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
false (adjective)
1.
not being in agreement with what is true
SYNONIMS:
erroneous, inaccurate, incorrect, inexact, invalid, off, unsound, untrue, untruthful, wrong
RELATED WORDS:
counterfactual; specious, spurious; deceptive, delusive, delusory, distorted, fallacious, fictitious, illusory, misleading; amiss, askew, awry; deceitful, dishonest, fraudulent, lying, mendacious; unconfirmed, unproven, untested; fabricated, invented, made-up, trumped-up
off base
NEAR ANTONYMS:
confirmed, demonstrated, established, proven, tested; faultless, flawless, impeccable, letter-perfect, perfect
accurate, correct, errorless, exact, factual, precise, proper, right, sound, true, valid, veracious
false (adjective)
2.
being such in appearance only and made with or manufactured from usually cheaper materials
SYNONIMS:
artificial, bogus, dummy, ersatz, factitious, fake, false, faux, imitative, man-made, mimic, mock, pretend, sham, simulated, substitute, synthetic
RELATED WORDS:
cultured, manufactured, process; unauthentic; adulterated, designer, doctored, engineered, fudged, juggled, manipulated, tampered (with); concocted, fabricated; counterfeit, deceptive, forged, fraudulent, misleading, phony ( phoney); affected, brummagem, feigned, pinchbeck, pseudo, spurious
NEAR ANTONYMS:
authentic, bona fide, legitimate, true; premium, quality, valuable; pure, unadulterated
genuine, natural, real
false (adjective)
3.
being such in appearance only and made or manufactured with the intention of committing fraud
SYNONIMS:
bogus, fake, false, forged, inauthentic, phony ( phoney), queer, sham, snide, spurious, unauthentic
RELATED WORDS:
artificial, factitious, imitation, man-made, mimic, mock, simulated, substitute, synthetic; dummy, nonfunctioning, ornamental; cultured, fabricated, manufactured; deceptive, delusive, misleading
NEAR ANTONYMS:
natural; actual, true, valid
authentic, bona fide, genuine, real, unfaked
false (adjective)
4.
lacking in natural or spontaneous quality
SYNONIMS:
affected, assumed, bogus, contrived, factitious, fake, false, feigned, forced, mechanical, mock, phony ( phoney), plastic, pretended, pseudo, put-on, sham, simulated, spurious, strained, unnatural
RELATED WORDS:
automatic, canned, concocted, fabricated, hokey, labored, manufactured, pat, unauthentic, unreal, unrealistic; double-dealing, empty, facile, hollow, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, mealy, mealymouthed, two-faced, unctuous; exaggerated, histrionic, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, theatrical ( theatric); cute, cutesy, genteel, goody-goody, mincing, overrefined, simpering; conventional, formal, impersonal, inflexible, rigid, stiff, stylized, wooden; artful, calculated, conscious, cultivated, deliberate, premeditated, studied
NEAR ANTONYMS:
authentic, bona fide, real, realistic, right, true; honest, ingenuous, sincere, unpretending; easy, effortless, smooth; extemporaneous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctive, unconscious, unprompted, unrehearsed, unstudied
artless, genuine, natural, spontaneous, unaffected, uncontrived, unfeigned, unforced
false (adjective)
5.
marked by, based on, or done by the use of dishonest methods to acquire something of value
SYNONIMS:
crooked, deceitful, defrauding, dishonest, double-dealing, false
RELATED WORDS:
beguiling, deceiving, deceptive, deluding, delusive, delusory, duplicitous, fallacious, misleading, specious; spurious
NEAR ANTONYMS:
legitimate, true, valid
aboveboard, honest, truthful
false (adjective)
6.
not true in one's allegiance to someone or something
SYNONIMS:
disloyal, false, fickle, inconstant, perfidious, recreant, traitorous, treacherous, unfaithful, untrue
RELATED WORDS:
irresponsible, trustless, undependable, unreliable, untrustworthy; faltering, hesitant, vacillating, wavering; dubious, irresolute, uncertain; apathetic, dispassionate, uninterested
NEAR ANTONYMS:
dependable, dutiful, reliable, responsible, solid, tried, tried-and-true, trustable, trustworthy, trusty; unfaltering, unhesitating, unwavering; determined, intent, resolute; confirmed, dyed-in-the-wool, inveterate, sworn; ardent, avid, enthusiastic, fervent, fervid, impassioned, passionate
constant, dedicated, devoted, devout, down-the-line, faithful, fast, loyal, staunch ( stanch), steadfast, steady, true
false (adjective)
7.
tending or having power to deceive
SYNONIMS:
beguiling, deceitful, deceiving, deluding, delusive, delusory, fallacious, false, misleading, specious
RELATED WORDS:
artful, crafty, cunning, devious, foxy, guileful, shady, shifty, slick, sly, sneaking, sneaky, subtile, subtle, trick, trickish, tricky, underhand, underhanded, wily; inaccurate, incorrect, wrong; bewildering, confounding, distracting, perplexing, puzzling; ambidextrous, crooked, defrauding, dishonest, dissembling, double-dealing, duplicitous, faithless, fast, fraudulent, knavish, lying, mendacious, untrustworthy, untruthful; bogus, counterfeit, fake, feigned, forged, jive [], phony ( phoney), sham, spurious; insidious, perfidious, treacherous; ambiguous, circuitous, equivocal, evasive; artificial, backhanded, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, two-faced
NEAR ANTONYMS:
candid, direct, foursquare, frank, free-spoken, open, openhearted, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, straight; clarifying, elucidative, explanatory, illuminating; revealing, revelatory; honest, trustworthy, truthful
aboveboard, forthright, nondeceptive, straightforward
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