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Though it exists in late Old English, fals was not common usage until the 12th century. It probably entered or reentered the language through Old French or Norman, fals, faus . Prior to that it is clear to have come from Latin, falsus , which mean "falsehood", from the earlier verb fallere , "to decieve".
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