Definition of untruth noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈtruːθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈtruːθ//
    (pl. untruths
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈtruːðz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈtruːðz//
    ; BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈtruːθs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈtruːθs//
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  1. 1[countable] (formal) a lie. People often say untruth to avoid saying lie. compare truth
  2. 2[uncountable] the state of being false
  3. Word OriginOld English untrēowth ‘unfaithfulness’ (see un-, truth).Extra examples It’s not like you to tell an untruth! The paper was fined for printing untruths about the affair. Her account of what had happened was a patent untruth. What may be truth for one person may be untruth for another.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: untruth