|Origin:||falsus, from fallere 'to deceive'|
false S3 W3
a statement, story etc that is false is completely untrue:
Please decide whether the following statements are true or false.
based on incorrect information or ideas:
I don't want to give you any false hopes.
The statement gives us a false impression that we understand something when we do not.
false assumptions about people of other cultures
a false sense of security (=a feeling of being safe when you are not really safe)
not real, but intended to seem real and deceive people:
The drugs were hidden in a suitcase with a false bottom.
The man had given a false name and address.
not sincere or honest, and pretending to have feelings that you do not really have:
She's so false.
a false laugh
'You played brilliantly.' 'Not really,' Ian replied with false modesty.
something that you think will save you money but which will really cost you more:
It's a false economy not to have travel insurance.
if you get something under false pretences, you get it by deceiving people:
He was accused of obtaining money under false pretences.
a small movement or action that will result in harm:
One false move and you're dead.
the illegal act of putting someone in prison or arresting them for a crime they have not committed