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half–truth

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noun \-ˌtrüth\

Simple Definition of half–truth

  • : a statement that is only partly true and that is intended to deceive people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of half–truth

  1. 1 :  a statement that is only partially true

  2. 2 :  a statement that mingles truth and falsehood with deliberate intent to deceive

1658

First Known Use of half–truth

1658


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