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untruth

This page is about the doublespeak term untruth

Meaning

a lie

For example

  • The opposition leader shouted, "The prime minister has just told a blatant untruth!"

  • The case for going to war was based on falsehoods, untruths and fabricated evidence.

Note:
Also "falsehood", "fabrication", "invention", "falsification", "half-truth", etc. These words are often used by politicians in order to avoid legal or other problems that can arise from using the word "lie".

Quick Quiz

"His statement included several untruths" means he

a. told a number of lies

b. didn't know the truth

c. didn't know he was lying

Contributor: Matt Errey