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Giving a false appearance of safety or reliability; untrustworthy or insecure
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  1. Giving a false appearance of safety or reliability; untrustworthy or insecure
  2. Characterized by unforeseen or hidden hazards; dangerous or deceptive:
  3. Guilty of or characterized by betrayal of confidence or trust; perfidious.
Characteristic of a traitor; disloyal
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  1. Characteristic of a traitor; disloyal
  2. Of, or having the nature of, a traitor; treacherous; faithless
  3. Having the character of a traitor; disloyal
Not giving the truth; providing untrue facts; lying.
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  1. Not giving the truth; providing untrue facts; lying.
  2. Contrary to truth; not true.
  3. Given to telling untruths; likely to tell lies
Concocted or fabricated, especially in order to deceive or mislead; make up:
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  1. Concocted or fabricated, especially in order to deceive or mislead; make up:
  2. Of or relating to the characters, settings, or plots that are created for a work of fiction:
  3. Of or like fiction; imaginary
Counterfeit or fake; not genuine:
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  1. Counterfeit or fake; not genuine:
  2. Not genuine; spurious
  3. (Slang) Not conforming with what one would hope to be the case; disappointing or unfair:
Characterized by perfidy; treacherous
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  1. Characterized by perfidy; treacherous
  2. Of, relating to, or marked by perfidy; treacherous.
Not keeping faith; dishonest; disloyal
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  1. Not keeping faith; dishonest; disloyal
  2. Not true to duty or obligation; disloyal or unfaithful.
  3. Breaking trust in a marriage or relationship by having sexual relations with someone other than one's spouse or sexual partner.
Failing to observe the terms of a vow, promise, understanding, etc., or false to allegiance or duty; faithless; disloyal
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  1. Failing to observe the terms of a vow, promise, understanding, etc., or false to allegiance or duty; faithless; disloyal
  2. Breaking trust in a marriage or relationship by having sexual relations with someone other than one's spouse or sexual partner.
  3. Not justly representing or reflecting the facts or a primary source; inaccurate:
Not loyal or faithful; faithless
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  1. Not loyal or faithful; faithless
  2. Showing or characterized by a lack of loyalty; not loyal.
  3. Without loyalty; faithless, traitorous.
Resulting from or marked by a lack of honesty.
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  1. Resulting from or marked by a lack of honesty.
  2. Disposed to lie, cheat, defraud, or deceive.
  3. Not honest; lying, cheating, etc.
False; not truthful
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  1. False; not truthful
  2. Disposed to or characterized by untruth:
Not giving the truth; providing untrue facts; lying.
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  1. Not giving the truth; providing untrue facts; lying.
  2. Telling a lie
  3. Given to telling untruths; likely to tell lies
Forming a base
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  1. Forming a base
  2. (Mathematics) The side or face of a geometric figure to which an altitude is or is thought to be drawn. The base can be, but is not always, the bottom part of the figure.
  3. Having or showing little or no honor, courage, or decency; mean; ignoble; contemptible
Being a hypocrite:
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  1. Being a hypocrite:
  2. Characterized by hypocrisy or being a hypocrite. [from mid-16th c.]
  3. Characterized by hypocrisy:
Duplicitous or deceitful; treacherous.
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  1. Duplicitous or deceitful; treacherous.
  2. (Of a person) Cheating, dishonest; treacherous.
Having the characteristics of a knave; mischievous, roguish, waggish, rascally or impertinent
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  1. Having the characteristics of a knave; mischievous, roguish, waggish, rascally or impertinent
  2. Like or characteristic of a knave; esp., dishonest; tricky
  1. Mischievous and playful
  2. Deceitful; unprincipled:
  3. Of, like, or characteristic of a rogue
Having a harmful influence:
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  1. Having a harmful influence:
  2. Wishing evil or harm to others; having or showing ill will; malicious
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  1. Like a rascal.
  2. Of or like a rascal; base; dishonest; mean
Like or befitting a scoundrel.
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Expressing spite or malice:
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  1. Expressing spite or malice:
  2. (Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
  3. Ignoble; base:
(Law) Done with malice.
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  1. (Law) Done with malice.
  2. Having, showing, or caused by malice; spiteful; intentionally mischievous or harmful
  3. Having the nature of or resulting from malice; deliberately harmful; spiteful:
(Now Rare) Capable of being obtained for a price
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  1. (Now Rare) Capable of being obtained for a price
  2. Characterized by bribery or corruption
  3. Characterized by corrupt dealings, especially bribery:
Given to cheating or deceiving.
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  1. Given to cheating or deceiving.
  2. Deliberately misleading or cheating
  3. Tending to deceive; apt to lie or cheat
False; untrue:
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  1. False; untrue:
  2. Not truthful; lying or false
  3. Lying; untruthful:
Done by moving the hand (arm) from below.
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  1. Done by moving the hand (arm) from below.
  2. Acting or done in a deceptive, secret, or sly manner; dishonest and sneaky.
  3. Sly, dishonest, corrupt, cheating.
Deteriorated from the normal or standard
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  1. Deteriorated from the normal or standard
  2. (Obs.) Changed from a sound condition to an unsound one; spoiled; contaminated; rotten
  3. Containing errors or alterations, especially ones that prevent proper understanding or use:
Perjured
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Not scrupulous; not restrained by ideas of right and wrong; unprincipled
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  1. Not scrupulous; not restrained by ideas of right and wrong; unprincipled
  2. Without scruples; immoral.
Disloyal; deceitful
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  1. Disloyal; deceitful
  2. Alternative spelling of false-hearted.
Lacking integrity; unprincipled.
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  1. Lacking integrity; unprincipled.
  2. Lacking respect or ethical principles
  3. Without honor, or causing dishonor
Highly unpleasant or annoying:
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  1. Highly unpleasant or annoying:
  2. Of, relating to, or appropriate to a villain
  3. Of, like, or characteristic of a villain; evil; wicked
Involving or constituting treason
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  1. Involving or constituting treason
  2. Relating to, constituting, or involving treason:
  3. Of, having the nature of, or involving treason; traitorous
Given to, engaging in, or promoting sedition.
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  1. Given to, engaging in, or promoting sedition.
  2. Of, relating to, or having the nature of sedition:
  3. Of, like, or constituting sedition
Habitually phony or dishonest:
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  1. Habitually phony or dishonest:
  2. Not sincere; not genuine:
  3. Not sincere; deceptive or hypocritical; not to be trusted
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  1. False; not true.
  2. Contrary to fact or truth; false or incorrect
  3. Deviating from a standard; not straight, even, level, or exact.
(With a copula verb, often with about) Having an incorrect belief.
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  1. (With a copula verb, often with about) Having an incorrect belief.
  2. Wrong or incorrect in opinion, understanding, or perception.
  3. Wrong; having an incorrect understanding, perception, etc.
Not true or genuine; false; counterfeit
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  1. Not true or genuine; false; counterfeit
  2. Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine:
  3. (Bot.) Like in appearance but unlike in structure or function
Not genuine; spurious; counterfeit
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  1. Not genuine; spurious; counterfeit
  2. Erroneous; fictitious:
  3. Of or like the Apocrypha
Created in the fancy; imaginary or unreal:
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  1. Created in the fancy; imaginary or unreal:
  2. Full of fancy; indulging in fancies; imaginative in a playful way; whimsical
  3. Imaginative or fantastic; unreal or imagined
Not truthful; lying or false
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  1. Not truthful; lying or false
  2. False; untrue:
  3. Lying; untruthful:
Deceiving or intended to deceive
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  1. Deceiving or intended to deceive
  2. Deceiving or tending to deceive:
  3. Misleading, likely or attempting to deceive
Tending to mislead; deceptive:
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  1. Tending to mislead; deceptive:
  2. Containing a fallacy; erroneous
  3. Misleading or deceptive
Not correct
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  1. Not correct
  2. Not correct; erroneous or wrong:
  3. Untrue; inaccurate; wrong; faulty
  1. Mistaken or incorrect; not accurate.
  2. Not accurate; not correct; not exact; in error
Not functioning properly; amiss:
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  1. Not functioning properly; amiss:
  2. Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous:
  3. Contrary to conscience, morality, or law:
Of or characteristic of sophists or sophistry
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  1. Of or characteristic of sophists or sophistry
  2. Using sophistry
  3. Clever and plausible, but unsound and tending to mislead
Of or relating to casuists or casuistry.
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  1. Of or relating to casuists or casuistry.
  2. Overly subtle, hair-splitting.
  3. Relating to casuistry (attempts to solve moral dilemmas by applying general rules).
Alternative form of Jesuitic.
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Tending to mislead; deceptive.
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  1. Tending to mislead; deceptive.
  2. Deceptive or tending to mislead or create a false impression.
Tending to delude; misleading
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  1. Tending to delude; misleading
  2. Having the nature of a delusion; false:
  3. Of or like a delusion; unreal
(Math.) Designating or of the square root of a negative quantity, or of a complex number that is not real
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  1. (Math.) Designating or of the square root of a negative quantity, or of a complex number that is not real
  2. Having existence only in the imagination; unreal.
  3. Existing only in the imagination; fanciful; unreal
Illusory.
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  1. Illusory.
  2. Illusory; unreal
  3. Subject to or pertaining to an illusion, often used in the sense of an unrealistic expectation or an unreachable goal or outcome.
Containing or derived from error; mistaken:
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  1. Containing or derived from error; mistaken:
  2. Containing or based on error; mistaken; wrong
Legally ineffective; unfounded. Legally ineffective; unfounded.
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  1. Legally ineffective; unfounded. Legally ineffective; unfounded.
  2. Not well; weak and sickly; infirm
  3. Not valid; not true, correct, acceptable or appropriate.
Purporting to be representative without actually being.
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  1. Purporting to be representative without actually being.
Acting with fraud; deceitful
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  1. Acting with fraud; deceitful
  2. Characterized by, constituting, or gained by fraud:
  3. Done or obtained by fraud
Fradulently devised; fabricated:
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  1. Fradulently devised; fabricated:
  2. Fraudulently devised or concocted; false
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  1. Suspicious; inspiring doubt.
  2. (Informal) Inspiring doubt or suspicion:
  3. Like a fish in odor, taste, etc., specif., strongly or undesirably so
Not genuine or real; false, counterfeit, pretended, etc.
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  1. Not genuine or real; false, counterfeit, pretended, etc.
  2. Not genuine; fake:
Made in imitation of something genuine so as to deceive or defraud; forged
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  1. Made in imitation of something genuine so as to deceive or defraud; forged
  2. False, especially of money; intended to deceive or carry appearance of being genuine.
  3. Made in imitation of what is genuine with the intent to defraud:
False in the sense of made-up, constructed
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(By extension) not genuine
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  1. (By extension) not genuine
  2. Manmade; produced by humans rather than nature
Prepared or made artificially:
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  1. Prepared or made artificially:
  2. Produced by synthesis; specif., produced by chemical synthesis, rather than of natural origin
  3. Produced artificially, especially in a laboratory or other man-made environment. Nylon is a synthetic chemical compound.
Lacking authenticity or genuineness; sham:
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  1. Lacking authenticity or genuineness; sham:
  2. Not natural, genuine, or spontaneous; forced or artificial
  3. Produced artificially rather than by a natural process.
(Bot.) Like in appearance but unlike in structure or function
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  1. (Bot.) Like in appearance but unlike in structure or function
  2. (Radio) Designating or of an unwanted signal transmitted or received at other than the desired frequency
  3. Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine:
Pretended; feigned; sham
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  1. Pretended; feigned; sham
  2. Imaginary; conjured in someone's imagination, especially when imagined by a child
Taken for granted; supposed:
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  1. Taken for granted; supposed:
  2. Used in a manner intended to deceive; fictitious.
  3. Taken up or used so as to deceive; pretended:
(Informal) Astounding, unbelievable, etc.
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  1. (Informal) Astounding, unbelievable, etc.
  2. (Slang) So remarkable as to elicit disbelief; fantastic.
  3. (Slang) larger or more fantastic than typical of real life.
Fake (as documents).
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  1. Fake (as documents).
  2. Fabricated by forging or at a forge, by working hot metal
Supposed; alleged:
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  1. Supposed; alleged:
  2. Reputed or alleged
  3. Not genuine; feigned
Complete; finished:
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  1. Complete; finished:
  2. Changed or adorned by the application of cosmetics or makeup:
  3. Put together; arranged:
Made in resemblance of or as a substitute for another.
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  1. Made in resemblance of or as a substitute for another.
  2. Made to imitate something else; artificial
  3. Performed or staged in imitation of a real event or activity:
Made to resemble another, usually superior material:
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  1. Made to resemble another, usually superior material:
  2. Made to resemble something specified, usually something superior or genuine; not real; sham; bogus
Dull; listless
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  1. Dull; listless
  2. Lacking vitality or animation; dull:
  3. Without life
False or counterfeit; fake.
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  1. False or counterfeit; fake.
  2. Spurious.
  3. Other than what is apparent, a sham.
Having a reverberating, sepulchral sound:
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  1. Having a reverberating, sepulchral sound:
  2. Having an empty space, or only air, within it; having a cavity inside; not solid
  3. Without substance or character:
Sham; false; imitation; pretended
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  1. Sham; false; imitation; pretended
  2. Of or designating a food that imitates another in some way
Not real; pretended:
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  1. Not real; pretended:
  2. (Now Rare) Fictitious; imagined
  3. Being a pretense, a counterfeit, or something false or fraudulent.
Resembling a known kind or species but not truly such.
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  1. Resembling a known kind or species but not truly such.
  2. Of a size or shape that differs from the normal or standard
  3. That is not truly the designated thing but that closely resembles it
The number that is raised to a particular power in a given mathematical expression. In the expression an, a is the base.
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  1. The number that is raised to a particular power in a given mathematical expression. In the expression an, a is the base.
  2. (Chemistry) Any of a class of compounds that form hydroxyl ions (OH) when dissolved in water, and whose aqueous solutions react with acids to form salts. Bases turn red litmus paper blue and have a pH greater than 7. Their aqueous solutions have a bitter taste.
  3. Containing such metals:
Dishonest or reprehensible:
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  1. Dishonest or reprehensible:
  2. Being of poor quality or construction
  3. Made of or containing inferior material.
(Biol.) Designating or of a system of classification based on only a few characteristics, as color
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  1. (Biol.) Designating or of a system of classification based on only a few characteristics, as color
  2. Not arising from natural or necessary causes; contrived or arbitrary:
  3. Made by humans, especially in imitation of something natural:
  1. Unnatural, forced
  2. Obviously planned or calculated; not spontaneous or natural; labored:
  3. Too obviously the result of forethought and planning; forced; artificial
Of a (specified) color
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  1. Of a (specified) color
  2. Having color:
  3. (South African) Of or belonging to a population grouping made up of persons of mixed racial descent or of certain other nonwhite descent, especially as distinguished during apartheid from blacks, Asians, or whites.
  1. Misleading, likely or attempting to deceive
  2. Deceiving or intended to deceive
  3. Deceiving or tending to deceive:
  1. Mixed with impurities
  2. That does not conform to legal standards of purity, processing, labeling, etc.
  3. Made inferior, impure, etc. by adulterating
Covered or protected with plates, as of armor
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  1. Covered or protected with plates, as of armor
  2. Knitted of two kinds of yarn, one forming the face and the other the back
  3. Coated with a thin adherent layer of metal. Often used in combination:
(Idiomatic) So named; called by such a name, with a very strong connotation that the item is not worthy of that name.
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  1. (Idiomatic) So named; called by such a name, with a very strong connotation that the item is not worthy of that name.
  2. Popularly known or called by this term
  3. (Mathematics, sciences) Same as above, without the negative connotation.
(Obs.) Of, like, or characteristic of a prostitute
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  1. (Obs.) Of, like, or characteristic of a prostitute
  2. Alluring by false, showy charms; attractive in a flashy way; tawdry
  3. Plausible but false or insincere; specious:
Fraudulent; not genuine; sham; false
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  1. Fraudulent; not genuine; sham; false
  2. Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent.
  3. Artificial; not real; specif., made of synthetic fibers, to resemble animal fur
Not genuine; fake:
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  1. Not genuine; fake:
  2. Being a usually inferior imitation or substitute; artificial:
Not genuine or real; sham or counterfeit:
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  1. Not genuine or real; sham or counterfeit:
  2. Not genuine; false, counterfeit, spurious, pretentious, etc.
  3. Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.
Designed and made to sell without concern for quality; cheap.
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  1. Designed and made to sell without concern for quality; cheap.
Unpleasant; lousy:
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  1. Unpleasant; lousy:
  2. Unfavorable or unfair:
  3. Inferior; worthless:
(Slang) Counterfeit; not genuine
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  1. (Slang) Counterfeit; not genuine
  2. Feeling slightly ill, as in being dizzy or queasy.
  3. Differing from what is usual or ordinary; odd; singular; strange
  1. Contrary to the facts; untrue.
  2. Running contrary to the facts:
  3. Contrary to the facts of an event, situation, etc.
Deceptively appealing:
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  1. Deceptively appealing:
  2. Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious:
  3. Seeming to be good, sound, correct, logical, etc. without really being so; plausible but not genuine
Not trustworthy; dubious or fallacious:
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  1. Not trustworthy; dubious or fallacious:
  2. Not true or genuine; false; counterfeit
  3. (Bot.) Like in appearance but unlike in structure or function
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  1. False; not true.
  2. Contrary to fact or truth; false or incorrect
  3. Deviating from a standard; not straight, even, level, or exact.
Contrary to truth; not true.
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  1. Contrary to truth; not true.
  2. Telling a lie
  3. Given to telling untruths; likely to tell lies
Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous:
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  1. Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous:
  2. Not functioning properly; amiss:
  3. Contrary to conscience, morality, or law:
Containing or derived from error; mistaken:
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  1. Containing or derived from error; mistaken:
  2. Containing or based on error; mistaken; wrong
Tending to mislead; deceptive:
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  1. Tending to mislead; deceptive:
  2. Containing a fallacy; erroneous
  3. Misleading or deceptive
  1. Mistaken or incorrect; not accurate.
  2. Not accurate; not correct; not exact; in error
Not correct
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  1. Not correct
  2. Not correct; erroneous or wrong:
  3. Untrue; inaccurate; wrong; faulty
(With a copula verb, often with about) Having an incorrect belief.
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  1. (With a copula verb, often with about) Having an incorrect belief.
  2. Wrong or incorrect in opinion, understanding, or perception.
  3. Wrong; having an incorrect understanding, perception, etc.
Started on the way; going:
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  1. Started on the way; going:
  2. Somewhat crazy; eccentric:
  3. Not correct; in error; wrong
Not safe, firm, or solid; insecure
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  1. Not safe, firm, or solid; insecure
  2. Not true or logically valid; fallacious:
  3. In horse management an unsound horse is one suffering ill-health that affects its suitability for its intended work.
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  1. False; not true.
  2. Contrary to fact or truth; false or incorrect
  3. Deviating from a standard; not straight, even, level, or exact.
Not functioning properly; amiss:
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  1. Not functioning properly; amiss:
  2. Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous:
  3. Contrary to conscience, morality, or law:
Misleading or deceptive
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  1. Misleading or deceptive
  2. Tending to mislead; deceptive:
  3. Containing a fallacy; erroneous
Without logic; senseless.
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  1. Without logic; senseless.
  2. Contrary to logic; lacking sense or sound reasoning.
  3. Not logical or reasonable; using, based on, or caused by faulty reasoning
Not legally or factually valid; null:
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  1. Not legally or factually valid; null:
  2. Legally ineffective; unfounded. Legally ineffective; unfounded.
  3. Not valid; not true, correct, acceptable or appropriate.
  1. Sophistical.
  2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of sophists.
  3. Apparently sound but really fallacious; specious:
Deceptively appealing:
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  1. Deceptively appealing:
  2. Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious:
  3. Seeming to be good, sound, correct, logical, etc. without really being so; plausible but not genuine
Not true or genuine; false; counterfeit
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  1. Not true or genuine; false; counterfeit
  2. Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine:
  3. Not trustworthy; dubious or fallacious:
In horse management an unsound horse is one suffering ill-health that affects its suitability for its intended work.
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  1. In horse management an unsound horse is one suffering ill-health that affects its suitability for its intended work.
  2. Not based on truth or valid reasoning; not accurate, reliable, sensible, etc.
  3. Not true or logically valid; fallacious:
Counterfeit or fake; not genuine:
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  1. Counterfeit or fake; not genuine:
  2. (Slang) Not conforming with what one would hope to be the case; disappointing or unfair:
  3. Not genuine; spurious
Made in imitation of something genuine so as to deceive or defraud; forged
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  1. Made in imitation of something genuine so as to deceive or defraud; forged
  2. Made in imitation of what is genuine with the intent to defraud:
  3. False, especially of money; intended to deceive or carry appearance of being genuine.
Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent.
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  1. Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent.
  2. Fraudulent; not genuine; sham; false
  3. Artificial; not real; specif., made of synthetic fibers, to resemble animal fur
Engaging in fraud; deceitful.
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  1. Engaging in fraud; deceitful.
  2. Done or obtained by fraud
  3. Characterized by, constituting, or gained by fraud:
Not genuine or real; sham or counterfeit:
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  1. Not genuine or real; sham or counterfeit:
  2. Not genuine; false, counterfeit, spurious, pretentious, etc.
  3. Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.
Not genuine or real; false, counterfeit, pretended, etc.
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  1. Not genuine or real; false, counterfeit, pretended, etc.
  2. Not genuine; fake:
Not true or genuine; false; counterfeit
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  1. Not true or genuine; false; counterfeit
  2. Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine:
  3. Not trustworthy; dubious or fallacious:
Suppositional; hypothetical
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  1. Suppositional; hypothetical
  2. Hypothetical; supposed.
  3. Substituted with intent to deceive or defraud; spurious; counterfeit
Not loyal or faithful; faithless
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  1. Not loyal or faithful; faithless
  2. Showing or characterized by a lack of loyalty; not loyal.
  3. Without loyalty; faithless, traitorous.
Not keeping faith; dishonest; disloyal
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  1. Not keeping faith; dishonest; disloyal
  2. Breaking trust in a marriage or relationship by having sexual relations with someone other than one's spouse or sexual partner.
  3. Not true to duty or obligation; disloyal or unfaithful.
Of a deceitful nature; treacherous.
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  1. Of a deceitful nature; treacherous.
  2. Disloyal, perfidious.
Of, relating to, or marked by perfidy; treacherous.
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  1. Of, relating to, or marked by perfidy; treacherous.
  2. Characterized by perfidy; treacherous
Cowardly; craven
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  1. Cowardly; craven
  2. Unfaithful or disloyal to a belief, duty, or cause:
  3. (Now poetic, literary) Unfaithful to someone, or to one's duties or honour; disloyal, false. [from 17th c.]
Characteristic of a traitor; disloyal
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  1. Characteristic of a traitor; disloyal
  2. Having the character of a traitor; disloyal
  3. Of, or having the nature of, a traitor; treacherous; faithless
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  1. Deceitful; inclined to betray.
  2. Guilty of or characterized by betrayal of confidence or trust; perfidious.
  3. Characterized by unforeseen or hidden hazards; dangerous or deceptive:
Breaking trust in a marriage or relationship by having sexual relations with someone other than one's spouse or sexual partner.
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  1. Breaking trust in a marriage or relationship by having sexual relations with someone other than one's spouse or sexual partner.
  2. Not true, accurate, or reliable; untrustworthy
  3. Failing to observe the terms of a vow, promise, understanding, etc., or false to allegiance or duty; faithless; disloyal
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  1. False; not true.
  2. Contrary to fact or truth; false or incorrect
  3. Disloyal; unfaithful.

Synonym Study

  • Fake is a less formal term for any person or thing that is not genuine a fake doctor, chimney, etc. See also syn. study at faithless.
  • Counterfeit and the colloquial bogus apply to a very careful imitation and always imply intent to deceive or defraud counterfeit, or bogus, money
  • Sham refers to an imitation or simulation of something and usually connotes intent to deceive sham piety
  • False , in this comparison, refers to anything that is not in essence that which it purports to be and may or may not connote deliberate deception false hair, false eyelashes
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