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False, adv. 1) not truly, without truth: “her f. speaking tongue,” Sonn. 138, 7. “thou speakest f.” Err. IV, 4, 103. John IV, 3, 91. H8 II, 4, 136. Mcb. V, 5, 38. “dream often so, and never f.” Cymb. IV, 2, 353.
2) not rightly, wrongly, amiss: “you play me f.” Tp. V, 172 (quibbling). “he plays f. How? out of tune on the strings?” Gentl. IV, 2, 59 (quibbling). “if all aim but this be levelled f.” Ado IV, 1, 239. “thou judgest f.,” H4A I, 2, 74. “I should be f. persuaded I had daughters,” Lr. I, 4, 254. “that I interpret f.” Per. I, 1, 124.
3) faithlessly, perfidiously: “to play f.” Err. II, 2, 144. John I, 118. Mcb. I, 5, 22. cf. Gentl. IV, 2, 59. “they played me f.” H6B III, 1, 184. cf. Tp. V, 172. “his mother played f. with a smith,” Merch. I, 2, 48. “has packed cards with Caesar and f. played my glory unto an enemy's triumph,” Ant. IV, 14, 19. “mine ear, therein f. struck, can take no greater wound,” Cymb. III, 4, 117.
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