English version

half-truth

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhalf-truthˈhalf-truth noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š LIE/TELL A LIEa statement that is only partly true, especially one that is intended to keep something secret πŸ”Š His replies were full of evasions and half-truths.
Examples from the Corpus
half-truthβ€’ As more than half the population do not pay income tax this is at best only a half-truth.β€’ They are fiercely secretive and of their own choice inhabit a dim world of ambiguity and half-truths.β€’ The article is full of lies and half-truths.β€’ He loved to use gossip, half-truths, and lies to separate friends and to destroy relationships.β€’ As was the case a century ago, each side of this argument is articulating an important half-truth.β€’ Those who do not will remain awash in half-truths, outright deceptions and fraud.β€’ You risk hugely compounding the problem by getting caught in half-truths.β€’ McCarthy's blend of half-truths and lies ruined many careers in government and the professions.β€’ If we go back now, we will go back with only half-truths.β€’ Unsubstantiated half-truths and distortions of fact cause unnecessary argument and are an inefficient use of people's time.β€’ Forbes' book on Bonham is littered with half-truths, and, in some cases, outright lies.
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