half-truth

noun \ ˈhaf-ˌtrüth , 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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Definition of half-truth for English Language Learners

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


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