half-truth

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Etymology[edit]

half- +‎ truth

Noun[edit]

half-truth (plural half-truths)

  1. A deceptive statement, especially one that is only partly true, is incomplete, (misrepresents reality by telling part of the truth), or alters the time sequence of truths.

Usage notes[edit]

Half-truths may use various tools, including statistics, unexpected meanings of words, facts taken out of context, or even nonstandard punctuation to corrupt the meaning conveyed by an otherwise true statement. For more information, see Wikipedia's article "Lie".

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