mistruth

noun
mis·​truth | \ ˌmis-ˈtrüth How to pronounce mistruth (audio) \
plural mistruths\ ˌmis-​ˈtrüt͟hz How to pronounce mistruths (audio) , -​ˈtrüths \

Definition of mistruth

: a false or misleading statement : falsehood The general drift of the thoughtful, worried essays was that the reported instances of deliberate mistruth on the part of scientists seem to be on the increase …— Lewis Thomas

First Known Use of mistruth

1847, in the meaning defined above

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