falsely

 /ˈfɔːlslɪ/

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
false /fɔls/USA pronunciation   adj., fals•er, fals•est. 
  1. not true or correct;
    erroneous;
    wrong:a false statement.
  2. uttering or declaring what is untrue; lying:a false witness.
  3. not faithful or loyal:a false friend.
  4. tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive:a false impression.
  5. not genuine;
    counterfeit[before a noun]a false name.
  6. not real; used as a substitute or aid, esp. temporarily;
    artificial[before a noun]false teeth.
  7. based on mistaken, erroneous, or inconsistent impressions, ideas, or facts[before a noun]false pride.
  8. wrong or not correct in pitch, such as a musical note[before a noun]He played several false notes.
false•ly, adv. 
false•ness, n. [uncountable]
false is an adjective, falseness and falsity are nouns, falsify is a verb, falsely is an adverb:His nervousness created a false impression during the job interview. She was discouraged by his falseness and cowardice. There was a good deal of falsity in the papers. He tried to falsify his passport. He was falsely accused of the murder.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
false  (fôls), 
adj., fals•er, fals•est, adv. 

adj. 
  1. not true or correct;
    erroneous:a false statement.
  2. uttering or declaring what is untrue:a false witness.
  3. not faithful or loyal; treacherous:a false friend.
  4. tending to deceive or mislead;
    deceptive:a false impression.
  5. not genuine; counterfeit.
  6. based on mistaken, erroneous, or inconsistent impressions, ideas, or facts:false pride.
  7. used as a substitute or supplement, esp. temporarily:false supports for a bridge.
  8. Biology[Biol.]having a superficial resemblance to something that properly bears the name:the false acacia.
  9. not properly, accurately, or honestly made, done, or adjusted:a false balance.
  10. inaccurate in pitch, as a musical note.

adv. 
  1. dishonestly; faithlessly;
    treacherously:Did he speak false against me?
  2. Idiomsplay someone false, to betray someone;
    be treacherous or faithless.
Etymology:
  • Latin
  • Latin falsus feigned, false, origin, originally past participle of fallere to deceive; reinforced by or reborrowed from Anglo-French, Old French fals, feminine false
  • Middle English, Old English fals bef. 1000
falsely, adv. 
falseness, n. 
1 . mistaken, incorrect, wrong, untrue. 2 . untruthful, lying, mendacious. 3 . insincere, hypocritical, disingenuous, disloyal, unfaithful, inconstant, perfidious, traitorous. 4 . misleading, fallacious. 5 . artificial, spurious, bogus, forged. False, sham, counterfeit agree in referring to something that is not genuine. False is used mainly of imitations of concrete objects;
it sometimes implies an intent to deceive:false teeth; false hair.Sham is rarely used of concrete objects and usually has the suggestion of intent to deceive:sham title; sham tears.Counterfeit always has the implication of cheating;
it is used particularly of spurious imitation of coins, paper money, etc.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

false /fɔːls/ adj
  1. not in accordance with the truth or facts
  2. irregular or invalid: a false start
  3. untruthful or lying: a false account
  4. not genuine, real, or natural; artificial; fake: false eyelashes
  5. being or intended to be misleading or deceptive: a false rumour
  6. disloyal or treacherous: a false friend
  7. based on mistaken or irrelevant ideas or facts: false pride, a false argument
  8. (prenominal) (esp of plants) superficially resembling the species specified: false hellebore
  9. serving to supplement or replace, often temporarily: a false keel
  10. (of a note, interval, etc) out of tune
adv
  1. in a false or dishonest manner (esp in the phrase play (someone) false)
Etymology: Old English fals, from Latin falsus, from fallere to deceive

ˈfalsely adv ˈfalseness n



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