- 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
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Examples from the Web for half-truth
“There is so much myth and half-truth wrapped around the A-10,” the official said.American Warplane’s Forgotten Nazi Past
October 12, 2014
To say that he is a terrible actor is to utter a half-truth.Lawsuit Over a Bad NYU Grade? Put James Franco in Detention!
December 22, 2011
From them the thoughtful will learn how to complete a 'half-truth' often reiterated.Legends of the Saxon Saints
Aubrey de Vere
The half-truth is—that Bettina loves me, and that I must not break her heart.Glory of Youth
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.Studies in Logical Theory
- a partially true statement intended to mislead
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Word Origin and History for half-truth
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