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Falsity (from Latin falsitas) or falsehood is a perversion of truth originating in the deceitfulness of one party, and culminating in the damage of another party. Falsity is also a measure of the quality or extent of the falseness of something, while a falsehood may also mean simply an incorrect (false) statement, independent of any intention to deceive.

In the Frege-Church ontology, "truth" is the denotation of a true proposition, while "falsity" is the denotation of false propositions.

In æsthetics, falsity is ugly, and truth is beautiful.

In existentialism, falsity is usually a thing to be avoided, and is not desired.[1]


Today, based upon inaccuracies and falsities, it is known the entire De Fonte article to have been a fabrication, however, it set 18th century afire with speculation that a Northwest Passage must indeed exist.
  • Counterfeiting money, or attempting to coin genuine legal tender without due authorization;
  • Tampering with wills, codicils, or such-like legal instruments;
  • Prying into the correspondence of others to their prejudice;
  • Using false weights and measures,
  • Adulterating merchandise, so as to render saleable what purchasers would otherwise never buy, or so as to derive larger profits from goods otherwise marketable only at lower figures;
  • Bribing judges,
  • Suborning witnesses;
  • Advancing false testimony;
  • Manufacturing spurious seals;
  • Forging signatures;
  • Padding accounts;
  • Interpolating the texts of legal enactments; and
  • Sharing in the pretended birth of supposititious offspring

are among the chief forms which this crime assumes.

See also


  1. Why I AM Not A Christian, Bertrand Russell

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