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[haf-trooth, hahf-]
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noun, plural half-truths [haf-trooth z, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌtruðz, ˈhɑf-/.
  1. a statement that is only partly true, especially one intended to deceive, evade blame, or the like.
  2. a statement that fails to divulge the whole truth.
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Origin of half-truth

First recorded in 1650–60
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Related Words for half-truth

generalization, abstraction, observation, principle, law, universality, half-truth, exaggeration, untruth

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British Dictionary definitions for half-truth


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


1650s, from half + truth.

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