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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English untrewe, from Old English untrīewe, from Proto-West Germanic *untriuwī, from Proto-Germanic *untriwwiz. Equivalent to un- +‎ true.

AdjectiveEdit

untrue (comparative more untrue, superlative most untrue)

  1. False; not true.
    Synonyms: false, inaccurate, incorrect, unveridical, wrong; see also Thesaurus:false
    Antonym: true
    She says that I stole her necklace, but that's completely untrue.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 11:
      "I know it is true, for an untrue word never passed her lips."
  2. Not faithful or loyal.
    Synonyms: false, perfidious, unfaithful
    Antonym: faithful
    • 1953, Arthur Hamilton (lyrics and music), “Cry Me a River”:
      Now you say you're sorry / For being so untrue / Well, you can cry me a river, cry me a river
    • 1971, “Let's Stay Together”, performed by Al Green:
      Let me be the one you come running to / I'll never be untrue
    • 2019, “The Night You Didn't Come”, in Becoming Peter Ivers, performed by Peter Ivers:
      Tonight you didn't come / And my senses all were reeling / I had a certain scary feeling you'd been untrue

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