half-truth

noun
\ ˈhaf-ˌtrüth How to pronounce half-truth (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Definition of half-truth

1 : a statement that is only partially true
2 : a statement that mingles truth and falsehood with deliberate intent to deceive

First Known Use of half-truth

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of half-truth was in 1658

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“Half-truth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-truth. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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half-truth

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How to pronounce half-truth (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of half-truth

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

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