I am looking for a single word to describe something that is "believed to be true by the majority, but most likely not true". How could I say this?

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    Just a single word, or a phrases OK too? – Nathan Tuggy Apr 8 '17 at 10:15
  • a single word :) – Javiator Apr 8 '17 at 10:15
  • @fixer1234's "misconception" suggestion is very good. P.S. There is never a need for a single word instead of a phrase, or vice versa. – Luke Sawczak Jul 15 '17 at 1:45

If you can go with two words, common misconception is often used to describe that. Wikipedia even has a dedicated page for common misconceptions, which it defines as "erroneous beliefs that are currently widely held".


The word I was looking for when I ran across your question, which I’ve now found, is the word “factoid” Usually spoken as a “common factoid”

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