Definition of Half-truth

1. Noun. A partially true statement intended to deceive or mislead.

Generic synonyms: Deceit, Deception, Misrepresentation



Definition of Half-truth

1. Noun. 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. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Half-truth

half-staff
half-standard
half-step
half-steps
half-term
half-tetrad analysis
half-timber
half-timbered
half-timbering
half-time
half-title
half-track
half-tracked
half-tracker
half-tracks
half-truth (current term)
half-truths
half-uncle
half-uncles
half-value layer
half-volley
half-width
half-widths
half-wit
half-wits
half-witted
half-yearly
half a dozen
half a mind
half adder

Literary usage of Half-truth

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1. The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by Thomas Humphry Ward (1918)
"half-truth The words that trembled on your lips Were uttered not—I know it well; The tears that would your eyes eclipse Were checked and smothered, ..."

2. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"... in an oft-quoted passage, adds that "he considered them as the true patrons of literature,"—only a half-truth, after all, for they can claim, ..."

3. The Next Great Awakening by Josiah Strong (1902)
"Each contains a half truth, and the two together make up the rounded whole of will through law. ... half truth ..."

4. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1870)
"It is admitted that we familiarly use such phrases as a half-assent, ' but a half-assent is not a kind ' of assent any more than a half-truth is a kind of ..."

5. The New Laokoon: An Essay on the Confusion of the Arts by Irving Babbitt (1910)
"And Wordsworth of course glimpses here an important half-truth, but a half-truth at least as dangerous in itself as the neo- classic half-truth about the ..."

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