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ring false

To seem or sound false, insincere, inauthentic, or deceitful. (Much less common than the opposite, "ring true.") I personally think that their reasoning rings a bit false. The actor's vacuous, overblown performance is sure to ring false for anyone who grew up in that part of the country.
See also: false, ring

ring true

To seem or sound true, sincere, or authentic. I personally don't think that their reasoning rings true. The actress's stirring performance really rings true for anyone who has gone through similar circumstances.
See also: ring, true

ring true

Fig. to sound or seem true or likely. (From testing the quality of metal or glass by striking it and evaluating the sound made.) The student's excuse for being late doesn't ring true. Do you think that Mary's explanation for her absence rang true?
See also: ring, true

ring true

see under ring false.
See also: ring, true

ring true

If something that is said or written rings true, it seems to be true or sincere. It is Mandela's argument that rings true to American ears. When I first heard his reasons, they didn't ring true. Compare with ring hollow.
See also: ring, true

ring ˈtrue/ˈfalse/ˈhollow

seem true/false/insincere: What you’ve said about Jim just doesn’t ring true. Are we talking about the same person?His apology rings a little hollow.
See also: false, hollow, ring, true
References in classic literature ?
But Helen's laugh rang true, as she raised a soapy hand to heaven and swore that never, nowhere and nohow, would she again fall in love with any of the Wilcox family, down to its remotest collaterals.
My voice rang true, I swear, but it was the way of Raffles to take the evidence of as many senses as possible.
All the contradictions in the character rang true: the humour, the pathos, the surface vanity covering a real diffidence, the strength and weakness fighting one another.
As a tribute to the great legend of inven tion in the realm of information tech nology, the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) began their 8th annual awards this year with Steve's commencement address at the Stan ford University, his words, spoken in 2005, astonishingly rang true on the day of his death: "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way, I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose."
I do not normally agree with those who say you should keep your powder dry at the beginning of the Flat season but the saying rang true that day Thought for the week Gazing out over Kempton with the old Jubilee course in view, I could not help wondering why there is no turf Flat racing there any more
The programme rang true, and painful truths need facing.
"It's not a new slogan in the industry, but with gas prices hitting highs over the past year, it really rang true with commuters," she said.
But I appreciate the theme that rang true in every interview in "In the Eyes of the Beholder" (July): Beauty lies within the individual and that individual's ability to expose her own interpretation of the human condition.
Lorraine Cull, co-owner of the Painted Turtle Art Shop, says much of what she heard at the conference rang true for her business.
The presiding juror, Pamela Clancy, said the jury found in Herpolsheimer's favor because his story "rang true," while McGinley changed his story under cross-examination.
Dan Ward's article "Doing Less with More" (Defense AT & L, November-December 2004) rang true for many readers, and we received a record amount of correspondence.
FOR veteran entertainer Ken Dodd the old adage ``the show must go on'' rang true on Tuesday.
Julian Sanchez's characterization of AmeriCorps ("Denial of Service," October) rang true. As a member of AmeriCorps' Teach for America program, I received a $40,000 per year living stipend in addition to the $4,000 in tuition reimbursement.
The old jibe about the English Broadcasting Corporation certainly rang true. Anyway, who cares about Jonny and his chums?
Unfortunately the storyline never rang true. It was Lock, Stock & One Scraping Barrel.