Definition of white lie in English:

white lie

noun

  • A harmless or trivial lie, especially one told to avoid hurting someone's feelings.

    • ‘But his big dreams land him in hot water when a great white lie turns him into an unlikely hero.’
    • ‘The ideological blinders of communism, the ridiculous deception, and the white lies we tell every day - they're all just ways to avoid the shock of the truth.’
    • ‘I told a few white lies because I would have lost my job; psychologically, I depended on those tablets.’
    • ‘Of course, there are plenty of legitimate routes to the top which don't involve telling little white lies about your track record.’
    • ‘It could be argued that these little white lies simply make the world go round a little more smoothly.’
    • ‘Following a few white lies about his TV experience, Andy was offered the job as presenter on a live children's show.’
    • ‘Meagan knew better than to lie, but a little white lie never hurt anybody.’
    • ‘Research revealed that untruths range from little white lies to huge whoppers aimed purely at personal gain.’
    • ‘She fools herself into thinking she can control the situation, but gradually the little white lies, awkward evasions and chance meetings combine to expose her guilty secret.’
    • ‘But still, I understand the little white lies are usually harmless and many people tell them.’
    • ‘A little white lie to help morale couldn't hurt, I figured.’
    • ‘We've all done it, told those innocent little white lies, right, and we've all had our reasons, or so we thought.’
    • ‘Little white lies or to put it in better words ‘tactful’ replies could save someone's feelings and prevent them from having to face bitter truths.’
    • ‘While acknowledging he did not tell the whole truth, he insisted that white lies are commonplace in politics.’
    • ‘We think it's trivial, even necessary; this is the famous white lie.’
    • ‘Your mother was always good at the little white lies.’
    • ‘Maybe we find it hard to resist gossiping or telling little white lies to improve our image.’
    • ‘Anyway, I see nothing wrong with little white lies in that situation to spare the gift-giver's feelings.’
    • ‘Of course we're all capable of telling little white lies.’
    • ‘And sometimes, as my wife will confirm, these little white lies will even work.’
    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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Pronunciation

white lie

/ˈˌ(h)waɪt ˈlaɪ//ˈˌ(h)wīt ˈlī/