false (adj.) Old form(s): falce , faulse
sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial
1H6 II.iii.17[Countess to Talbot] I see report is fabulous and false
2H6 I.iii.153[Gloucester to all] As for your spiteful false objections, / Prove them
2H6 III.i.160[Gloucester to King] York ... / By false accuse doth level at my life
3H6 III.iii.160[Queen to Warwick] I make King Lewis behold / Thy sly conveyance and thy lord's false love
AC I.iii.62.1[Cleopatra to Antony, of his reporting Fulvia's death] O most false love!
AW V.iii.230.1[King to Diana, of her throwing Bertram a ring] The story then goes false you threw it him / Out of a casement?
AYL III.ii.109[Rosalind as Ganymede to Touchstone, of his recital] This is the very false gallop of verses
AYL III.v.73[Rosalind as Ganymede to Phebe] I am falser than vows made in wine
CE III.ii.8[Luciana to Antipholus of Syracuse] Muffle your false love with some show of blindness
Cym I.vi.43[Cornelius to himself, of the Queen] She is fooled / With a most false effect; and I the truer, / So to be false with her [first instance]
Cym I.vii.173[Iachimo to Innogen] I have adventured / To try your taking of a false report
E3 II.i.315[King Edward to Warwick] These are the vulgar tenders of false men
E3 V.i.6[King Edward to all, of the Citizens] I will no longer stay / To be deluded by their false delays
H8 III.i.171[Campeius to Queen Katherine, of her fears] A noble spirit ... ever casts / Such doubts as false coin from it
Ham III.ii.275[Hamlet to himself, of Claudius' reaction] What, frighted with false fire?
KJ IV.i.128[Hubert to Arthur] I'll fill these dogged spies with false reports
KL III.v.16[Cornwall to Edmund, of the contents of Gloucester's letter] True or false, it hath made thee Earl of Gloucester
LC.154[of the man] this false jewel, and his amorous spoil
LC.324[of the man] O that false fire which in his cheek so glowed
LLL IV.iii.258[Berowne to all] It mourns that painting and usurping hair / Should ravish doters with a false aspect
MA II.i.257[Beatrice to Don Pedro, of a heart] once before he won it of me with false dice
MA III.i.33[Hero to Ursula, of Beatrice] go we near her, that her ear lose nothing / Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it
MA III.iv.85[Margaret to Beatrice, of the speed of her tongue] Not a false gallop
MA V.i.119[Benedick to Don Pedro and Claudio] In a false quarrel there is no true valour
Mac I.vii.82[Macbeth to Lady Macbeth] False face must hide what the false heart doth know [first instance]
Mac II.i.38[Macbeth alone, of seeing a dagger] art thou but / A dagger of the mind, a false creation, / Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
MM II.iv.130.1[Isabella to Angelo, of women] we are soft ... / And credulous to false prints
MM II.iv.15[Angelo alone] O place, O form, / How often dost thou with thy case, thy habit, / Wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls / To thy false seeming!
MM II.iv.49[Angelo to Isabella] 'tis all as easy / Falsely to take away a life true made / As to put metal in restrained means / To make a false one
MND III.ii.91[Oberon to Puck] Of thy misprision must perforce ensue / Some true love turned, and not a false turned true
MV III.ii.83[Bassanio to himself] cowards whose hearts are all as false / As stairs of sand
Oth IV.iii.52[Desdemona singing] I called my love false love
R2 II.ii.26[Bushy to Queen Isabel] 'tis with false sorrow's eye, / Which for things true weeps things imaginary
R2 V.iii.106[Duchess of York to King Henry, of York] His prayers are full of false hypocrisy
Sonn.127.12[] Sland'ring creation with a false esteem
Sonn.127.6[]since each hand hath put on nature's power, / Fairing the foul with art's false borrowed face
Sonn.137.14[] In things right true my heart and eyes have erred, / And to this false plague are they now transferred
Sonn.138.4[]some untutored youth, / Unlearned in the world's false subtleties
Sonn.67.5[] Why should false painting imitate his cheek, / And steal dead seeing of his living hue?
Sonn.68.14[of his friend] him as for a map doth Nature store, / To show false Art what beauty was of yore
Sonn.72.9[] lest your true love may seem false
TG IV.ii.127[Silvia to Proteus] your falsehood shall become you well / To worship shadows and adore false shapes
Tim I.ii.239[Apemantus to Timon] Methinks false hearts should never have sound legs
Tim IV.ii.11[Second Servant to others, of Timon] his familiars to his buried fortunes / Slink all away, leave their false vows with him
Tim IV.iii.516[Flavius to Timon] You should have feared false times when you did feast
Tit III.ii.80[Marcus to all, of Titus] He takes false shadows for true substances
TN III.i.23[Feste to Viola as Cesario] words are grown so false, I am loath to prove reason with them
WT I.ii.132[Leontes to himself, of women] were they false / As o'er-dyed blacks
WT IV.iv.151.1[Perdita to Florizel] I might fear ... / You wooed me the false way
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