Definition of False witness

1. Noun. A person who deliberately gives false testimony.

Exact synonyms: Perjurer
Generic synonyms: Liar, Prevaricator
Derivative terms: Perjure

Definition of False witness

1. Noun. A perjurer; a deceptive or misleading witness. ¹

2. Noun. (uncountable countable) Deceptive public statements. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of False Witness

false strawberry
false suture
false tamarisk
false teeth
false topaz
false trevally
false truffle
false truffles
false vampire
false vampire bat
false verdict
false vertebrae
false vocal cord
false vocal fold
false wintergreen
false witness (current term)

Literary usage of False witness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of the Inquisition of Spain by Henry Charles Lea (1906)
"... for the gratification of malice by shielding informers and witnesses, special care was advisable for the detection and punishment of false-witness. ..."

2. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D. by James Boswell, Arnold Glover (1901)
"Let me hear you repeat the ninth Commandment, " Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." Both tried at it, said Dr. Taylor, ..."

3. A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages by Henry Charles Lea (1887)
"... increased by the protection which it thus afforded to informers and enemies, and that it was made the instrument of an immense amount of false-witness. ..."

4. The Englishman's Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament by George V. Wigram (1866)
"Neither shalt thou bear false witness 17: 6. At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death ..."

5. The Four Leading Doctrines of the New Church: Signified by the New Jerusalem by Emanuel Swedenborg (1873)
"BY bearing false witness, in a natural sense, is not only meant to act in the character of a false witness, but also to lie and to defame. ..."

6. The People's Bible: Discourses Upon Holy Scripture by Joseph Parker (1891)
"A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh ... THE mystery is that there should be such a character in society as a "false witness. ..."

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