1. Want of truth or accuracy; an untrue assertion or representation; error; misrepresentation; falsity.
Though it be a lie in the clock, it is but a falsehood in the hand of the dial when pointing at a wrong hour, if rightly following the direction of the wheel which moveth it. --Fuller.
2. A deliberate intentional assertion of what is known to be untrue; a departure from moral integrity; a lie.
3. Treachery; deceit; perfidy; unfaithfulness.
Betrayed by falsehood of his guard. --Shak.
4. A counterfeit; a false appearance; an imposture.
For his molten image is falsehood. --Jer. x. 14.
No falsehood can endure
Touch of celestial temper. --Milton.
Syn: -- Falsity; lie; untruth; fiction; fabrication. See Falsity.
n 1: a false statement [syn: falsity, untruth, false
statement] [ant: truth]
2: the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent
changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting