Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 546. Untruth.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division (II) Communication of Ideas
Section II. Modes of Communication
546. Untruth.
NOUN:UNTRUTH, falsehood, lie, story, thing that is not, fib, bounce, crammer [slang], tarradiddle or taradiddle [colloq. or dial. Eng.], whopper or whapper [colloq.], jhuth [Hind.].
  FABRICATION, forgery, invention; misstatement, misrepresentation, perversion, falsification, gloss, suggestio falsi [L.]; exaggeration [See Exaggeration].
  fiction; fable, nursery tale; romance (imagination) [See Imagination]; absurd -, untrue -, false -, trumped up- -story, - statement; thing devised by the enemy; canard; shave [slang, Eng.], sell [colloq.], hum, [slang], yarn [colloq.], fish story [colloq.], traveler’s tale, Canterbury tale, cock-and-bull story, fairy tale, fake, press-agent’s yarn [colloq.], hot air [slang], claptrap.
  myth, moonshine, bosh [colloq.], all my eye and Betty Martin [colloq.], all my eye [colloq.], mare’s-nest, farce.
  HALF TRUTH, white lie, pious fraud; mental reservation (concealment) [See Concealment]; irony.
  PRETENSE, pretext; false plea [See Plea]; subterfuge, evasion, shift, shuffle, makebelieve; sham (deception) [See Deception]; profession, empty words; Judas kiss (hypocrisy) [See Falsehood]; disguise (mask) [See Ambush].
VERB:RING UNTRUE; have a -false meaning, - hidden meaning, - false appearance; be an untruth &c. n.; lie [See Falsehood].
  FEIGN, pretend, sham, counterfeit, gammon [colloq.], make-believe.
ADJECTIVE:UNTRUE, false, trumped up; void of -, without- foundation; fictive, far from the truth, false as dicer’s oaths; unfounded, ben trovato [It.], invented, fabulous, fabricated, fraudulent, forged; fictitious, factitious, supposititious, surreptitious; illusory, elusory; evasive, satiric or satirical, ironical; soi-disant [F.] (misnamed) [See Misnomer].
  1. Se non e vero e ben trovato.
  2. Where more is meant than meets the ear.—Milton
  3. A lie in time saves nine.—Cynic’s Calendar



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