Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 546 (Untruth)

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#546. Untruth.-- N. untruth, falsehood, lie, story, thing that is not, fib, bounce, crammer, taradiddle[obs], whopper; jhuth[obs].

forgery, fabrication, invention; misstatement, misrepresentation; perversion, falsification, gloss, suggestio falsi[Lat]; exaggeration &c 549.

invention, fabrication, fiction; fable, nursery tale; romance &c (imagination) 515; absurd story, untrue story, false story, trumped up story, trumped up statement; thing devised by the enemy; canard; shave, sell, hum, traveler;s tale, Canterbury tale, cock and bull story, fairy tale, fake; claptrap.

press agent's yarn; puff, puffery (exaggeration) 549.

myth, moonshine, bosh, all my eye and Betty Martin, mare's nest, farce.

irony; half truth, white lie, pious fraud; mental reservation &c (concealment) 528.

pretense, pretext; false plea &c 617; subterfuge, evasion, shift, shuffle, make-believe; sham &c (deception) 545.

profession, empty words; Judas kiss &c (hypocrisy) 544; disguise &c (mask) 530.

V. have a false meaning.

Adj. untrue, false, phony, trumped up; void of foundation, without- foundation; fictive, far from the truth, false as dicer's oaths; unfounded, ben trovato[It], invented, fabulous, fabricated, forged; fictitious, factitious, supposititious, surreptitious; elusory[obs], illusory; ironical; soi-disant &c (misnamed) 565[Fr].

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