Lies and Lying

Lies and Lying

See also truth and error.

Rhetoric. an affected or false refusal.
one who pretends to be notable or mysterious.
a person who tells lies.
anything that is patently false or untrue.
the condition of a person pretending to be something he is not, especially in the area of morals or religion; a false presentation of belief or feeling. — hypocrite, n. — hypocritic, hypocritical, adj.
1. untruthfulness; the act or process of lying.
2. a lie or untruth. — mendacious, adj.
boastful and pretentious behavior; quackery or any actions typical of a mountebank. Also mountebankery.
Psychiatry. an abnormal propensity to lie, exaggerate, or twist the truth.
an abnormal fear of making false statements.
deliberate or willful uttering of untruths when under oath in a court or similar tribunal. — perjurer, n. — perjurious, adj.
a lie detecting device. — polygrapher, polygraphist, n. — polygraphic, adj.
a lie.
1. the act of lying, especially when humorously proposed as an art or system.
2. a pretended field of study. — pseudologer, pseudologist, n. — pseudological, adj.
a form of divination that is deliberately false or misleading.
1. pathological lying.
2. a false or pretended mental disorder.
1. false pretense to medical skill, knowledge, or qualification; medical charlatanry.
2. the actions or practice of a medical charlatan. — quack, n., adj.
1. the practice of quackery.
2. the behavior or actions of a quack.
an act of perfidy. [Allusion to Sinon, whose false tale persuaded the Trojans to allow the wooden horse within the walls of Troy.]
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Students are being harmed in the long run by not being taught about lies and lying. They grow up assuming that since everyone lies and is frequently lied to, the practice of deception is acceptable; even desirable, as a means of social interaction.