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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

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Contributor: Matt Errey