Definition of half-truth in US English:



  • A statement that conveys only part of the truth, especially one used deliberately in order to deceive someone.

    ‘the nuclear industry has often resorted to half-truths and cover-ups’
    • ‘If anyone is misleading the American public, it is you for presenting a series of half-truths as the whole truth.’
    • ‘In reality, this means it combines actual events, half-truths and outright fiction.’
    • ‘So why is it that our stories are riddled with half-truths and part-truths and secrets and lies?’
    • ‘They spin stories based off of half-truths and cater to spiteful impulses.’
    • ‘No sooner had this farrago of half-truths and complete fiction been discredited then along came the second myth.’
    • ‘There is more than one way not to tell the truth: half-truths, omissions and deliberate ambiguities can be just as effective as crude lies if the mission is to mislead.’
    • ‘But the whole thing was such a cynical mix of half-truths, untruths and twisted logic that it ended up besting me.’
    • ‘The probe had to look into a plethora of truths, half-truths, hearsay, gossip and rumours, the minister said.’
    • ‘If this does not happen, then the values and truths a writer seeks to convey remain half-truths and half lies.’
    • ‘So he may be forced to tell misleading half-truths about ‘Barbara's’ performance.’
    • ‘As we have come to suspect, it is partisan to the point of being littered with falsehoods, half-truths and unfair coloring of the events.’
    • ‘As she cuts through layers of truths and half-truths, the author reveals a cycle of pain and longing that spans three generations of women.’
    • ‘So they've swallowed whole a bunch of half-truths and falsehoods and, quite literally, built a federal case out of it.’
    • ‘It's a struggle between the truth, the half-truth, and the downright lie; between the likely, through the merely possible, to the very far-fetched indeed.’
    • ‘Can't we at least, somewhere in the midst of deception, half-truths and outright lies, catch an honest break?’
    • ‘Your crusade to unseat them by peddling exaggerations and half-truths lowers you to their level.’
    • ‘She has woven a web of lies, truths and half-truths.’
    • ‘Here's a primer on the issues that will help sort through the truths, half-truths, and exaggerations in the coming debate.’
    • ‘Stand-alone mothers have a habit of dominating their histories with dramatic inventions and embarrassing half-truths, so the truth was cloudy.’
    • ‘How could it have avoided becoming just another part of the whole elaborate web of half-truths, misinformation and spin?’
    lie, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, made-up story, trumped-up story, fake news, invention, fiction, piece of fiction, falsification, falsity, cock and bull story, barefaced lie
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