half-truth

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-truth was in 1658

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Cite this Entry

“Half-truth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-truth. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

half-truth

noun

-ˌtrüth
: a statement that is only partly true
especially : one that deliberately mixes truth and falsehood

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