Is there a French phrase that would be equivalent to the English "nothing could be further from the truth"? I want to say that something is completely untrue.

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The literal translation works here : "Rien n'est plus éloigné de la vérité"


The French can be more blunt in expressing themselves and short forms are a possible way to achieve this; the present case calls, as I see it, for just such a form.

« Ceci est faux » would probably be the closest.

  • Nah, that just means it's untrue. I want something stronger than that...
    – lmc
    Commented May 18, 2019 at 19:50
  • I appreciate but respectfully I disagree. It is bearing more weight than untrue
    – lucTiber
    Commented May 18, 2019 at 22:32

All of the three sentences below have about the same force and are a good renderings.

  • Il n'y rien de moins vrai.
  • Il n'y a rien de plus faux.
  • Rien n'est plus invraisemblable.

There are other possibilities;

  • C'est de l'absurdité la plus complète. (In cases when what is false is at the same time seen as blatantly illogical.)

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