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untruth

Roget category 546

4. Words relating to the intellectual faculties
4.9. Modes of communication
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#546. Untruth

noun

untruth, falsehood, lie, story, thing that is not, fib, bounce, crammer, taradiddle, whopperjhuth.
forgery, fabrication, inventionmisstatement, misrepresentationperversion, falsification, gloss, suggestio falsi [Lat.]exaggeration etc. 549.
invention, fabrication, fictionfable, nursery taleromance etc. (imagination) 515absurd story, untrue story, false story, trumped up story, trumped up statementthing devised by the enemycanardshave, sell, hum, traveler's tale, Canterbury tale, cock and bull story, fairy tale, fakeclaptrap.
press agent's yarnpuff, puffery (exaggeration) 549.
myth, moonshine, bosh, all my eye and Betty Martin, mare's nest, farce.
ironyhalf truth, white lie, pious fraud mental reservation etc. (concealment) 528.
pretense, pretextfalse plea etc. 617subterfuge, evasion, shift, shuffle, make-believesham etc. (deception) 545.
profession, empty wordsJudas kiss etc. (hypocrisy) 544disguise etc. (mask) 530.

verb

have a false meaning.

adjective

untrue, false, phony, trumped upvoid of foundation, without-foundationfictive, far from the truth, false as dicer's oathsunfounded, ben trovato [It], invented, fabulous, fabricated, forgedfictitious, factitious, supposititious, surreptitiouselusory, illusoryironicalsoi-disant [Fr.] etc. (misnamed) 565.

phrase

se non e vero e ben trovato [It]where none is meant that meets the ear" [Milton].



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