suggestio falsi love

suggestio falsi


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A misrepresentation of the truth brought about by implying a falsehood to be true; a lie of implication. Compare suppressio veri.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An affirmative misrepresentation, whether by words, conduct, or artifice, as distinguished from a mere suppression of the truth; an indirect lie.


Latin: suggestiō ("suggestion") + falsī (“of a falsehood”, genitive singular form of falsum, “an untruth”, “falsehood”) = “a suggestion of an untruth” ≈ “suggestion of deceit” (Wiktionary)


  • Extraordinary fellow — kicks 'em in the crotch with the heart of a child "); remember that silence frequently passes for shrewdness, and that while suppressio veri is a damned good servant, suggestio falsi is a perilous master.

    Flashman and the Dragon


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • I never looked at this phrase, and don't recall making this comment.

    February 3, 2013

  • An intentionally misleading comment; a statement that easily leads the reader or listener to a false inference.

    May 20, 2008