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[haf-trooth, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌtruθ, ˈhɑf-/
noun, plural half-truths
[haf-trooth z, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌtruðz, ˈhɑf-/ (Show IPA)
a statement that is only partly true, especially one intended to deceive, evade blame, or the like.
a statement that fails to divulge the whole truth.
Origin of half-truth
First recorded in 1650-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • From them the thoughtful will learn how to complete a 'half-truth' often reiterated.

  • The half-truth is—that Bettina loves me, and that I must not break her heart.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • Billy's denial, his hesitation, his half-truth all looked suspicious to him.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • There is nothing so dangerous as a half-truth; it is worse than a whole lie.

    South American Fights and Fighters

    Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • But the statement is happily only the half-truth, which is almost a complete falsehood.

  • He may tell a half-truth and obscure the rest by his brevity.

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    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • This is a good basis for finding a half-truth in Bburs statement.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • This is a half-truth, and like all half-truths it conceals a most dangerous fallacy.

    The Alien Invasion William Henry Wilkins
British Dictionary definitions for half-truth


a partially true statement intended to mislead
Derived Forms
half-true, adjective
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Word Origin and History for half-truth

1650s, from half + truth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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