false (adj.) Old form(s): falce
disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
1H4 I.ii.153[Falstaff to Poins] the true prince may--for recreation sake--prove a false thief [or: sense 1]
1H4 II.i.95[Chamberlain to Gadshill, of receiving a share in a robbery, responding to Gadshill referring to himself as a ‘true man’] rather let me have it as you are a false thief
2H4 III.i.85[Warwick to King Henry IV] King Richard might create a perfect guess / That great Northumberland, then false to him, / Would of that seed grow to a greater falseness
AC I.iii.29[Cleopatra to Antony] Why should I think you can be mine, and true ... / Who have been false to Fulvia?
AC IV.xv.44[Cleopatra to Antony] let me rail so high / That the false housewife Fortune break her wheel
AYL III.iv.29[Celia as Aliena to Rosalind as Ganymede] the oath of lover is no stronger than the word of a tapster; they are both the confirmer of false reckonings [also: sense 4]
CE II.ii.146[Adriana to Antipholus of Syracuse] from my false hand cut the wedding ring
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 [second instance]
Cym II.iv.113.1[Posthumus to all, of Innogen] O, above measure false!
Cym II.iv.34[Posthumus to Iachimo, of Innogen] let her beauty / Look through a casement to allure false hearts, / And be false with them
Cym III.iv.41[Innogen to Pisanio, of Posthumus] False to his bed? What is it to be false?
Cym III.iv.45[Innogen to Pisanio, of her behaviour] That's false to's bed, is it?
Cym III.v.159[Pisanio alone, as if to Cloten] true to thee / Were to prove false
Cym IV.iii.42[Pisanio alone] Wherein I am false, I am honest
E3 I.i.117[Lorraine to King Edward, of Artois' position] That is most false, should most of all be true
Ham I.iii.80[Polonius to Laertes] to thine own self be true, / And it must follow ... / Thou canst not then be false to any man
Ham III.iv.46[Hamlet to Gertrude, of her action] makes marriage vows / As false as dicers' oaths
Ham IV.v.174[Ophelia to Laertes] It is the false steward, that stole his master's daughter
KL III.iv.88[Edgar as Poor Tom to all, of himself] false of heart
MND I.i.174[Hermia to Lysander] by that fire which burned the Carthage queen / When the false Trojan under sail was seen
MV V.i.189[Portia to Bassanio] your false heart of truth
MW II.ii.277[Ford alone] See the hell of having a false woman!
Oth I.iii.392[Iago alone, of Cassio] framed to make women false
Oth III.iii.275[Othello to himself, of Desdemona] If she be false, O, then heaven mocks itself!
Oth III.iii.330.2[Othello to himself, of Desdemona] Ha, ha, false to me!
Oth IV.ii.38[Othello to Desdemona] Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell
Oth V.ii.135.1[Othello to Emilia, of Desdemona] She was false as water
Oth V.ii.172[Emilia to Iago, of Othello] He says thou told'st him that his wife was false
PP.7.6[Pilgrim, of his love] A lily pale, with damask dye to grace her; / None fairer, nor none falser to deface her
R3 IV.iv.208[Queen Elizabeth to King Richard] I'll ... / Slander myself as false to Edward's bed
R3 V.i.15[Buckingham to Sheriff, of King Edward] I was found / False to his children and his wife's allies
RJ II.ii.92[Juliet to Romeo] if thou swearest, / Thou mayst prove false
Sonn.109.1[] O never say that I was false of heart
Sonn.121.5[]">why should others' false adulterate eyes / Give salutation to my sportive blood?
Sonn.142.7[] sealed false bonds of love
Sonn.20.4[] A woman's gentle heart, but not acquainted / With shifting change, as is false women's fashion
Sonn.41.14[][of a twofold truth] Hers by thy beauty tempting her to thee, / Thine by thy beauty being false to me
Sonn.92.14[] Thou mayst be false, and yet I know it not
Sonn.93.7[] In many's looks, the false heart's history / Is writ in moods and frowns and wrinkles strange
TC III.ii.182[Cressida to Troilus] If I be false, or swerve a hair from truth
TC III.ii.188[Cressida to Troilus] let memory, / From false to false, among false maids in love, / Upbraid my falsehood! [third instance]
TC III.ii.194[Cressida to Troilus] As false as Cressid
TC IV.i.70[Diomedes to Paris, of Helen] For every false drop in her bawdy veins / A Grecian's life hath sunk
TC IV.ii.56[Aeneas to Pandarus, of Troilus] you'll be so true to him to be false to him
TC V.ii.181[Troilus to himself] O false Cressid! False, false, false!
TC V.ii.71[Cressida to herself] O false wench!
TG II.iv.195[Proteus alone, of Silvia] Is it mine eye, or Valentine's praise, / Her true perfection, or my false transgression, / That makes me reasonless to reason thus?
TG IV.ii.92[Silvia to Proteus] Thou subtle, perjured, false, disloyal man
TG IV.iv.133[Silvia to disguised Julia, of Proteus] Though his false finger have profaned the ring
TG V.iv.35[Silvia to Proteus] I would have been a breakfast to the beast, / Rather than have false Proteus rescue me
Tim III.iv.51[Flavius to Servants] your false masters eat of my lord's meat
Tim IV.iii.535[Timon to Flavius, of men] may diseases lick up their false bloods!
TNK V.iv.92[Arcite to Palamon] I was false, / Yet never treacherous
Ven.1141 [Venus to dead Adonis, of love] It shall be fickle, false and full of fraud, / Bud, and be blasted, in a breathing while
WT II.i.138[Antigonus to Leontes, of Hermione] every dram of woman's flesh is false, / If she be
SHAKESPEARE'S WORDS © 2020 DAVID CRYSTAL & BEN CRYSTAL