AskDefine | Define falsity

Dictionary Definition



1 the state of being false or untrue; "argument could not determine its truth or falsity" [syn: falseness] [ant: truth]
2 a false statement [syn: falsehood, untruth, false statement] [ant: truth]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Something that is false; an untrue assertion.
    The belief that the world is flat is a falsity.
  2. The characteristic of being untrue.
    The falsity of that statement is easily proven.


untrue assertion
characteristic of being untrue


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Extensive Definition

A Falsity is a perversion of truth originating in the deceitfulness of one party, and culminating in the damage of another party. Falsity is also a measure of the quality or extent of the falseness of something.
Counterfeiting money, or attempting to coin genuine legal tender without due authorization; tampering with wills, codicils, or such-like legal instruments; prying into the correspondence of others to their prejudice; using false weights and measures, adulterating merchandise, so as to render saleable what purchasers would otherwise never buy, or so as to derive larger profits from goods otherwise marketable only at lower figures; bribing judges, suborning witnesses; advancing false testimony; manufacturing spurious seals; forging signatures; padding accounts; interpolating the texts of legal enactments; and sharing in the pretended birth of supposititious offspring are among the chief forms which this crime assumes.
falsity in Yiddish: פאלטש

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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