Half truth

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a statement only partially true, or which gives only a part of the truth.

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Once upon a time Angel had been so unlucky as to say to his father, in a moment of irritation, that it might have resulted far better for mankind if Greece had been the source of the religion of modern civilization, and not Palestine; and his father's grief was of that blank description which could not realize that there might lurk a thousandth part of a truth, much less a half truth or a whole truth, in such a proposition.
This man seemed to me to lean over the cornice, and timidly whisper his half truth to the rude occupants who really knew it better than he.
Fully appreciated - but then it is only a half truth.
Here he delivered the filly Half Truth, a half-sister to July Cup winner Fleeting Spirit, on the outside to edge out Byronic in the juvenile maiden.
A PRAYER from Kenya: "From the cowardice that dare not face new truth, from the laziness that is contented with half truth, from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth, Good Lord, deliver me.
The initiative, under President Dwight Eisenhower, was one of many by the United States after the Russians put Sputnik into orbit in 1957, and gave rise to the feeling, half truth and half panic, that suddenly the Soviet Union was ahead in science.
Ray's three assertions--that ozone would be produced in the lower atmosphere regardless of human activity, that it is produced by the interaction of sunlight and hydrocarbons, and that those hydrocarbons are largely produced by plants--are, respectively, a technical truth hiding a falsehood, a sloppily garbled half truth, and a bit of these two mixed with an outright lie.
To say otherwise is only a half truth, soon the people will disbelieve everything that politicians say to them, for people do not like to be taken for fools.
Such are the half truths and downright lies of those who want to leave.
There's a lot of lies and half truths in the reports.
The post Tales from the coffeeshop: In the land of half truths is liar king?
But Ron, if it really is only frauds and totalitarians who rely on lies and half truths, it means that a helluva lot of our Con-Dem MPs are frauds and totalitarians.