(Phrases). In plain English; without mincing the matter; bona fide; sans phrase.

  1. Falsehood (Substantives), falseness, falsity, mendacity, falsification, perversion of truth, romance, forgery, prevarication, equivocation, shuffling, evasion, fencing, duplicity, double-dealing, unfairness, dishonesty, misrepresentation, suggestio falsi, suppressio veri, Punic faith, giving the go-by, disguise, disguisement, irony, understatement.
  2. Insincerity, dissimulation, dissembling, shiftiness, hypocrisy, cant, humbug, jesuitry, mental reservation, lip-service, simulation, acting, sham, malingering, pretending, etc., crocodile tears, false colouring, art, artfulness 702, perjury.

    Deceiver, see 548.

    (Verbs). To be false, etc., to play false, speak falsely, lie, fib, tell a lie or untruth, etc. 546, to mistake, misreport, misrepresent, falsify, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, shuffle, fence, hedge, understate, mince the truth.

    To forswear, swear false, perjure oneself, bear false witness.

    To garble, gloss over, disguise, colour, varnish, cook, wangle, gerrymander, put a false colouring or construction upon 523.

    To invent, make up, fabricate, trump up, forge, fake, romance.

    To dissemble, dissimulate, feign, assume, act or play a part, simulate, pass off for, counterfeit, sham, malinger, make believe, cant, put on.

    (Phrases). To play the hypocrite; to give the go-by; to play fast and loose; to blow hot and cold; to lie like a conjuror; sham Abraham; faire patte de velours; to look as if butter would not melt in one's mouth; to sail close to the wind; to ring false.

    (Adjectives). False, dishonest, faithless, truthless, trothless, unfair, uncandid, disingenuous, shady, shifty, underhand, underhanded, hollow, insincere, canting, hypocritical, jesuitical, pharisaical, tartuffian, double, double-tongued, double-faced, smooth-spoken, smooth-tongued, plausible, mealy-mouthed.

    Artful, insidious, sly, designing, diplomatic, Machiavellian.

    Untrue, unfounded, fictitious, invented, made up, ben trovato, forged, falsified, etc., counterfeit, spurious, factitious, self-styled, bastard, sham, mock, pseudo, disguised, simulated, etc., artificial, colourable, catchpenny, Brummagem, postiche, pinchbeck, illusory, elusory, supposititious, surreptitious, ironical, apocryphal.

    (Phrases). All is not gold that glitters; Parthis mendacior.

    (Adverbs). Falsely, etc., slyly, stealthily, underhand.

  3. Deception (Substantives), fraud, deceit, imposition, artifice, juggle, juggling, sleight of hand, legerdemain, conjuration, hocuspocus, jockeyship, trickery, coggery, fraudulence, imposture, supercherie, cozenage, circumvention, ingannation, prestidigitation, subreption, collusion, complicity, guile, gullery, hanky-panky.
  4. Quackery, charlatanism, charlatanry, empiricism, humbug, hypocrisy, gammon, flapdoodle, bunkum, blague, bluff, mummery, borrowed plumes.

    Stratagem, trick, cheat, wile, artifice, fraud, cross, deception, takein, camouflage, make-believe, ruse, manœuvre, finesse, hoax, canard, hum, kid, bubble, fetch, catch, spoof, swindle, plant, abuse, hocus, dodge, bite, forgery, fake, fakement, rig, delusion, stalking-horse.

    Snare, trap, pitfall, decoy, gin, springe, noose, springle, hook, bait, net, meshes, mouse-trap, trap-door, ambush, ambuscade, masked battery, hush-boat; dupe, see 547.

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