false

false [fôls]
adj.
falser, falsest [ME < OFr < fals < L falsus, pp. of fallere, to deceive: see FAIL]
1. not true; in error; incorrect; mistaken [a false argument]
2. untruthful; lying; dishonest [a false witness]
3. disloyal; unfaithful [a false friend]
4. deceiving or meant to deceive; misleading [a false scent]
5. not real; artificial; counterfeit [false teeth]
6. not properly so named; deceptively resembling [false jasmine]
7. based on wrong or mistaken ideas [false pride]
8. Mech. temporary, nonessential, or added on for protection, disguise, etc. [a false drawer]
9. Music pitched inaccurately
adv.
falser, falsest
in a false manner
SYN.- FAITHLESS
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play someone false or play false
to deceive, cheat, hoodwink, or betray someone
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put in a false position
to cause misunderstanding of the intentions, opinions, etc. of
falsely
adv.
falseness
n.
SYN.- FALSE, in this comparison, refers to anything that is not in essence that which it purports to be and may or may not connote deliberate deception [false hair ]; SHAM refers to an imitation or simulation of something and usually connotes intent to deceive [sham piety ]; COUNTERFEIT and the colloquial BOGUS apply to a very careful imitation and always imply intent to deceive or defraud [counterfeit, or bogus, money ]; FAKE1 is a less formal term for any person or thing that is not genuine [a fake doctor, chimney, etc. ] -ANT. GENUINE, REAL1

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