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white lie

n.
An often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth.

white lie

n
a minor or unimportant lie, esp one uttered in the interests of tact or politeness

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n.
a minor or harmless lie; fib.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.white lie - an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite)
lie, prevarication - a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
Translations
كِذْبَه بَيْضاء
hvid løgn
ártatlan füllentés
hvít lygi
hvit løgnkvit løgn
nevinná lož
zararsız yalan

white lie

nbugia pietosa, bugia innocua

white

(wait) adjective
1. of the colour of the paper on which these words are printed. The bride wore a white dress.
2. having light-coloured skin, through being of European etc descent. the first white man to explore Africa.
3. abnormally pale, because of fear, illness etc. He went white with shock.
4. with milk in it. A white coffee, please.
noun
1. the colour of the paper on which these words are printed. White and black are opposites.
2. a white-skinned person. racial trouble between blacks and whites.
3. (also ˈegg-white) the clear fluid in an egg, surrounding the yolk. This recipe tells you to separate the yolks from the whites.
4. (of an eye) the white part surrounding the pupil and iris. The whites of her eyes are bloodshot.
ˈwhiten verb
to make or become white or whiter. She used a little bleach to whiten the sheets.
ˈwhiteness noun
ˈwhitening noun
a substance used to make certain things (eg tennis shoes) white again.
ˈwhitish adjective
fairly white; close to white.
ˌwhite-ˈcollar adjective
(of workers, jobs etc) not manual; (working) in an office etc.
white elephant
a useless, unwanted possession.
white horse noun
(usually in plural) a wave that has a crest of white foam.
ˌwhite-ˈhot adjective
(of metals) so hot that they have turned white. a white-hot poker.
white lie
a not very serious lie. I'd rather tell my mother a white lie than tell her the truth and upset her.
ˈwhitewash noun
a mixture of usually lime and water, used for whitening walls.
verb
to cover with whitewash.
ˈwhitewashed adjective
white winewine
References in classic literature ?
The prevarication and white lies which a mind that keeps itself ambitiously pure is as uneasy under as a great artist under the false touches that no eye detects but his own, are worn as lightly as mere trimmings when once the actions have become a lie.
She thought she had a good deal of the coquette in her, and I 've no doubt that with time and training she would have become a very dangerous little person, but now she was far too transparent and straightforward by nature even to tell a white lie cleverly.
We two WHITE LIES WE'VE probably all told a white lie at one time or another, often with good intentions.
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Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is a fun romp of a read.
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DESPITE OUR EFFORTS, THE ERASURE OF MINORITY CULTURES--A PRODUCT OF COLONIALISM--CONTINUES, AND THIS HAPPENS NOT JUST ON A SOCIETAL LEVEL BUT ALSO WITHIN INDIVIDUALS WHO BATTLE AGAINST THE CUSTOMS AND CONVENTIONS THAT 'MARK' THEM, THIS FIGHT AGAINST SELF AND SOCIETY IS AT THE CORE OF WHITE LIES, WHICH DEPICTS ONGOING OPPRESSION AS WELL AS THE POSSIBILITY FOR REDEMPTION, WRITES SARAH WARD.
Rating: 9/10 WHITE LIES - BIG TV IN JANUARY 2013, White Lies revealed their third album would be their "most melodic yet".
There are white lies, half-truths, and apparentlyat least according to a significant number of pundits and politicians this presidential electioncampaigns of out-and-out fascist deception.