lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib mean to tell an untruth. lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty.
lied about where he had beenprevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue.
during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricateequivocate implies using words having more than one sense so as to seem to say one thing but intend another.
equivocated endlessly in an attempt to mislead her inquisitorspalter implies making unreliable statements of fact or intention or insincere promises.
a swindler paltering with his investors fib applies to a telling of a trivial untruth.
fibbed about the price of the new suit