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lie

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of lie

  1. a statement known by its maker to be untrue and made in order to deceive he wanted to deny the accusation, but he couldn't tell a lie Synonyms of lie fable, fabrication, fairy tale, falsehood, falsity, fib, mendacity, prevarication, story, tale, taradiddle (or tarradiddle), untruth, whopper Words Related to lie distortion, exaggeration, half-truth; ambiguity, equivocation, obliquity; defamation, libel, slander; perjury; bluff, fiction, pose, pretense (or pretence); humbug, jive, nonsense; canard, fallacy, misconception, myth; falsification, misinformation, misreport, misrepresentation, misstatement; deceit, deceitfulness, dishonesty, duplicity, fraudulence Near Antonyms of lie fact, truism, verity; honesty, truthfulness, veracity; authentication, confirmation, substantiation, validation, verification Antonyms of lie truth


lie

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of lie

  1. to make a statement one knows to be untrue would I lie to you about that? Synonyms of 1lie fabricate, fib, prevaricate Words Related to 1lie forswear (also foreswear), perjure; equivocate, fudge, palter; beguile, cozen, deceive, delude, dupe, fool, gull, hoax, hoodwink, kid, snow, take in, trick; defame, libel, slander, traduce; falsify, misreport, misrepresent, misstate; distort, garble; dissemble, dissimulate; misguide, misinform, mislead Near Antonyms of 1lie assert, swear, testify; authenticate, confirm, substantiate, validate, verify

Synonym Discussion of lie

lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib mean to tell an untruth. lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty.
    • lied about where he had been
prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue.
    • during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricate
equivocate 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 inquisitors
palter 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

lie

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of lie

  1. 1 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction the train tracks lie just over that hill Synonyms of 2lie bear, extend, go, head, lead, lieWords Related to 2lie cross, cut, pass; course, follow, span, traverse

  2. 2 to occupy a place or location I left the book lying on the counter Synonyms of 2lie be, bear, lie, sitWords Related to 2lie command, overlook; hang around, remain, rest, stay, stick around, tarry; await, wait; post, station; dwell, reside

  3. 3 to remain out of sight paparazzi were lying in wait outside the restaurant, a well-known celebrity hangout Synonyms of 2lie hole up, lie, lurk, repose, skulkWords Related to 2lie slink, sneak; avoid, elude, evadeNear Antonyms of 2lie come out, materialize, show up, turn upAntonyms of 2lie appear

Synonym Discussion of lie

lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib mean to tell an untruth. lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty.
    • lied about where he had been
prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue.
    • during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricate
equivocate 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 inquisitors
palter 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

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