- First Reference: Exodus 20:16
- Last Reference: Revelation 20:10
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- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: No
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
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FALSE, adjective [Latin falsus, from fallo, to deceive. See Fall and Fail.]
1. Not true; not conformable to fact; expressing what is contrary to that which exists, is done, said or thought. A false report communicates what is not done or said. A false accusation imputes to a person what he has not done or said. A false witness testifies what is not true. A false opinion is not according to truth or fact. The word is applicable to any subject, physical or moral.
2. Not well founded; as a false claim.
3. Not true; not according to the lawful standard; as a false weight or measure.
4. Substituted for another; succedaneous; supposititious; as a false bottom.
5. Counterfeit; forged; not genuine; as false coin; a false bill or note.
6. Not solid or sound; deceiving expectations; as a false foundation
FALSE and slippery ground.
7. Not agreeable to rule or propriety; as false construction in language.
8. Not honest or just; not fair; as false play.
9. Not faithful or loyal; treacherous; perfidious; deceitful. The king's subjects may prove false to him. So we say, a false heart.
10. Unfaithful; inconstant; as a false friend; a false lover; false to promises and vows.
The husband and wife proved false to each other.
11. Deceitful; treacherous; betraying secrets.
12. Counterfeit; not genuine or real; as a false diamond.
13. Hypocritical; feigned; made or assumed for the purpose of deception; as false tears; false modesty. The man appears in false colors. The advocate gave the subject a false coloring.
FALSE fire, a blue flame, made by the burning of certain combustibles, in a wooden tube; used as a signal during the night.
FALSE imprisonment, the arrest and imprisonment of a person without warrant or cause, or contrary to law; or the unlawful detaining of a person in custody.
FALSE, adverb Not truly; not honestly; falsely.
FALSE, verb transitive
1. To violate by failure of veracity; to deceive. obsolete
2. To defeat; to balk; to evade. obsolete
See Accusation, False
Deuteronomy 29:19; 1 Kings 20:11; Proverbs 3:5; Proverbs 23:4; Proverbs 26:12; Proverbs 28:26; Isaiah 5:21; Romans 12:16; 2 Corinthians 1:9
In outward resources
Psalms 20:7; Psalms 33:17; Psalms 44:6; Psalms 49:6; Proverbs 11:28; Isaiah 22:11; Isaiah 31:1-3; Jeremiah 48:7; Zech 4:6; Mark 10:24
Psalms 33:16; Psalms 62:9; Psalms 118:8; Psalms 146:3-4; Isaiah 2:22; Jeremiah 17:5; Hosea 5:13; Hosea 7:11
Sennacherib, in the siege of Jerusalem
2 Kings 19:23
Asa, in relying on Syria rather than on God
2 Chronicles 16:7-9
Hezekiah, in the defenses of Jerusalem
Peter, in asserting his devotion to Jesus
Matthew 26:35; Luke 22:33-34; John 13:37-38
See Teachers, False
Exodus 20:16; Deuteronomy 5:20; Matthew 19:18; Luke 18:20; Romans 13:9; Exodus 23:1; Leviticus 6:3; Leviticus 19:11-12; Leviticus 19:16; Deuteronomy 19:16-20; Psalms 27:12; Psalms 35:11; Proverbs 6:16-19; Proverbs 12:17; Proverbs 14:5; Proverbs 14:8; Proverbs 14:25; Proverbs 18:5; Proverbs 19:9; Proverbs 19:22; Proverbs 19:28; Proverbs 21:28; Proverbs 24:28; Proverbs 25:18; Zech 5:3-4; Matthew 15:19; Luke 3:14; 1 Timothy 1:9-10
Perjury; Falsehood; Evidence, Laws Concerning; Witness
Witnesses against Naboth
1 Kings 21:13
Witnesses against Jesus
Matthew 26:59-61; Mark 14:54-59
Witnesses against Stephen
Acts 6:11; Acts 6:13
Witnesses against Paul
Acts 16:20-21; Acts 17:5-7; Acts 24:5; Acts 25:7-8
FALSE-HEARTED, adjective Hollow; treacherous; deceitful; perfidious. [The former is not used.]
FALSE-HEARTEDNESS, noun Perfidiousness; treachery.
Exodus 23:1; Leviticus 6:2-7; Leviticus 19:11-12; Leviticus 19:16; Exodus 20:16; Job 13:4; Job 21:34; Job 27:4; Job 31:5-6; Job 31:33; Job 36:4; Psalms 5:6; Psalms 5:9; Psalms 10:7; Psalms 12:2-3; Psalms 28:3; Psalms 31:18; Psalms 34:13; 1 Peter 3:10; Psalms 36:3; Psalms 50:19-20; Psalms 52:2-5; Psalms 55:21; Psalms 55:23; Psalms 58:3; Psalms 59:12; Psalms 62:4; Psalms 63:11; Psalms 101:5; Psalms 101:7; Psalms 109:2; Psalms 116:11; Psalms 119:29; Psalms 119:69; Psalms 119:163; Psalms 120:2-4; Psalms 144:8; Psalms 144:11; Proverbs 2:12-15; Proverbs 3:3; Proverbs 6:12-13; Proverbs 6:16-19; Proverbs 10:9-10; Proverbs 10:18; Proverbs 10:31; Proverbs 11:9; Proverbs 12:17; Proverbs 12:19-20; Proverbs 12:22; Proverbs 13:5; Proverbs 14:5; Proverbs 14:8; Proverbs 14:25; Proverbs 17:4; Proverbs 17:7; Proverbs 19:5; Proverbs 19:9; Proverbs 19:22; Proverbs 19:28; Proverbs 20:17; Proverbs 21:6; Proverbs 26:18-19; Proverbs 26:24-26; Proverbs 26:28; Proverbs 27:14; Ecclesiastes 5:6; Isaiah 28:15; Isaiah 32:7; Isaiah 57:11; Isaiah 59:3-4; Isaiah 59:12-13; Isaiah 63:8; Jeremiah 7:8; Jeremiah 7:28; Jeremiah 9:3; Jeremiah 9:5-6; Jeremiah 9:8; Jeremiah 12:6; Jeremiah 50:36; Ezekiel 22:9; Hosea 4:1-2; Obadiah 1:7; Micah 6:12; Nahum 3:1; Zephaniah 3:13; Matthew 25:44-46; John 8:44-45; Ephesians 4:25; Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 3:9; 1 Timothy 1:9-10; 1 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 3:16; Revelation 21:8; Revelation 21:27; Revelation 22:15
Accusation, False; Conspiracy; Deceit; Deception; False Witness; Flattery; Hypocrisy; Perjury; Teachers, False
In deceiving Eve
In impugning Job's motives for being righteous
Job 1:9-10; Job 2:4-5
In his false pretensions to Jesus
Matthew 4:8-9; Luke 4:6-7
Adam and Eve, in attempting to evade responsibility
Cain, in denying knowledge of his brother
Abraham, in denying that Sarah was his wife
Genesis 12:11-19; Genesis 20:2
To the angels, denying her derisive laugh of unbelief
In denying to the king of Gerar, that she was Abraham's wife
Genesis 20:5; Genesis 20:16
Isaac, denying that Rebekah was his wife
Rebekah and Isaac, in the conspiracy against Esau
Genesis 27:6-24; Genesis 27:46
Jacob's sons, in the scheme to destroy the Shechemites by first having them circumcised
Joseph's brethren, in deceiving their father into a belief that Joseph was killed by wild beasts
Potiphar's wife, in falsely accusing Joseph
Joseph, in the deception he carried on with his brethren
Pharaoh, in dealing deceitfully with the Israelites
Aaron, in attempting to shift responsibility for the making of the golden calf
Rahab, in denying that the spies were in her house
The Gibeonites, ambassadors, in the deception they perpetrated upon Joshua and the elders of Israel in leading them to believe that they came from a distant region, when in fact they dwelt in the immediate vicinity
Ehud, in pretending to bear secret messages to Eglon, king of Moab, while his object was to assassinate him
Sisera, who instructed Jael to mislead his pursuers
In professing to Samuel to have obeyed the commandment to destroy all spoils of the Amalekites, when in fact he had not obeyed
1 Samuel 15:1-26
In accusing Ahimelech of conspiring with David against himself
1 Samuel 22:11-16
Lied to Ahimelech, professing to have a mission from the king, in order that he might obtain provisions and armor
1 Samuel 21:1-15
In feigning madness
1 Samuel 21:13-15
Other deceits with the Philistines
1 Samuel 27:8-12
The falsehood he put in the mouth of Hushai, of friendship to Absalom
2 Samuel 15:34-37
Michal, in the false statement that David was sick, in order to save him from Saul's violence
1 Samuel 19:12-17
The Amalekite who claimed to have slain Saul
2 Samuel 1:10-12
In false professions to Absalom
2 Samuel 16:16-19
In his deceitful counsel to Absalom
2 Samuel 17:7-14
The wife of the Bahurimite who saved the lives of Hushai's messengers, sent to apprise David of the movements of Absalom's army
2 Samuel 17:15-22
The murder, under false pretense:
1 Kings 2:23
1 Kings 2:42-43
Of Jeroboam's wife
1 Kings 14:2
The old prophet of Beth-El who misguided the prophet of Judah
1 Kings 13:11-22
Jeroboam's wife, feigning herself another woman
1 Kings 14:5-7
The conspirators against Naboth
1 Kings 21:7-13
Gehazi, when he ran after Naaman, and misrepresented that Elisha wanted a talent of silver and two changes of raiment
2 Kings 5:20-24
Hazael, servant of the king of Syria, lied to the king in misstating the prophet Elisha's message in regard to the king's recovery
2 Kings 8:7-15
Jehu lied to the worshipers of Baal in order to gain advantage over them, and destroy them
2 Kings 10:18-28
Zedekiah, in violating his oath of allegiance to Nebuchadnezzer
2 Chronicles 36:13; Ezekiel 16:59; Ezekiel 17:15-20
Samaritans, in their efforts to hinder the rebuilding of the temple at Jerusalem
Sanballat, in trying to obstruct the rebuilding of Jerusalem
Haman, in his conspiracy against the Jews
Jeremiah's adversaries, in accusing him of joining the Chaldeans
Princes of Israel, when they went to Jeremiah for a vision from the Lord
Herod, to the wise men, in professing to desire to worship Jesus
In falsely accusing Jesus of being gluttonous and a winebibber
In refusing to bear truthful testimony concerning John the Baptist
Falsely accusing Jesus of blasphemy, when he remitted sin
Matthew 9:2-6; Mark 2:7; Luke 5:21
Falsely accusing Jesus of blasphemy, when he announced that he was the Son of God
Matthew 26:65; Mark 14:64; John 10:33-38
Peter, in denying Jesus
Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:68-71; Luke 22:56-62; John 18:25-27
The Roman soldiers, who said the disciples stole the body of Jesus
Matthew 28:13; Matthew 28:15
The disobedient son, who promised to work in the vineyard, but did not
Ananias and Sapphira falsely state that they had sold their land for a given sum
Stephen's accusers, who falsely accused him of blaspheming Moses and God
Paul's traducers, falsely accusing him of treason to Caesar
Acts 16:20-21; Acts 17:5-7; Acts 24:5; Acts 25:7-8
The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies
Accusation, False; Conspiracy; False Witness; Hypocrisy; Perjury; Teachers, False
FALSEHOOD, noun fols'hood. [false and hood.]
1. Contrariety or inconformity to fact or truth; as the falsehood of a report.
2. Want of truth or veracity; a lie; an untrue assertion.
3. Want of honesty; treachery; deceitfulness; perfidy.
But falsehood is properly applied to things only. [See falseness.]
4. Counterfeit; false appearance; imposture.
FALSELY, adverb fols'ly.
1. In a manner contrary to truth and fact; not truly; as, to speak or swear falsely; to testify falsely
2. Treacherously; perfidiously.
Swear to me - that thou wilt not deal falsely with me.
3. Erroneously; by mistake.
FALSENESS, noun fols'ness.
1. Want of integrity and veracity, either in principle or in act; as the falseness of a man's heart, or his falseness to his word.
2. Duplicity; deceit; double-dealing.
3. Unfaithfulness; treachery; perfidy; traitorousness.
The prince is in no danger of being betrayed by the falseness or cheated by the avarice of such a servant.
FALS'ER, noun A deceiver.
FALSET'TO, noun A feigned voice.