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falsely adv
1 in an insincerely false manner; "a seduction on my part would land us with the necessity to rise, bathe and dress, chat falsely about this and that, and emerge into the rest of the evening as though nothing had happened"
2 in an incorrect manner; "to credit Lister with the first formulation of the basic principle of stratigraphy would be to bestow credit falsely" [syn: incorrectly]

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  1. In a false manner.
    He protested his innocence to the end, claiming he had been falsely charged and convicted.
    • 1910, "PRINCETON'S GRADUATE COLLEGE; Issues a Denial [....]", in New York Times, Feb 4, 1910
      This could not be more falsely stated.
    • 1989, "Why Kill A Pollster?", in Washington Post, Dec 9, 1989
      Our insensitive laughter echoes even more falsely now.
    • 2003, "Wordsworthian Southey: the fashioning of a reputation.", Wordsworth Circle, Jan 1, 2003
      And on none of them does the name ring more falsely than on Robert Southey.


  • Dutch: valselijk

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