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synonyms for white lie

  • exaggeration
  • half-truth
  • harmless untruth
  • little white lie
  • mental dishonesty
  • near truth
  • partial truth
  • slight stretch
  • suggestio falsi
  • trivial untruth
  • untruth
  • well-intentioned untruth
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How to use white lie in a sentence

And she would be wearing some of the jewels with the white dress—just a few, not many, of course.
ROSEMARY IN SEARCH OF A FATHERC. N. WILLIAMSON
None other would dare to show herself unveiled to a stranger, and a white man at that.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
One would not have wanted her white neck a mite less full or her beautiful arms more slender.
THE AWAKENING AND SELECTED SHORT STORIESKATE CHOPIN
That evening in the gondola, with one old and two newer friends, is marked with a white stone in my recollection.
GLANCES AT EUROPEHORACE GREELEY
They are ovoid in shape, and lie in pairs, end to end, often forming short chains.
A MANUAL OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSISJAMES CAMPBELL TODD
Why not have sought out the pure white lime-rocks of the flat country, or the grey granite of the hills?
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 60, NO. 372, OCTOBER 1846VARIOUS
However this be, it is hard to say that these fibs have that clear intention to deceive which constitutes a complete lie.
CHILDREN'S WAYSJAMES SULLY
I am pleading for a clear white light of education that shall go like the sun round the whole world.
THE SALVAGING OF CIVILISATIONH. G. (HERBERT GEORGE) WELLS
The smoke from her kitchen fire rose white as she put in dry sumac to give it a start.
THE BONDBOYGEORGE W. (GEORGE WASHINGTON) OGDEN
The "bad form" of telling a lie to the head-master is a later illustration of the same thing.
CHILDREN'S WAYSJAMES SULLY
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO WHITE LIE

  • allegory
  • apologue
  • bestiary
  • bunk
  • crock
  • fabrication
  • fairy story
  • fairy tale
  • falsehood
  • fantasy
  • fib
  • fiction
  • figment
  • fish story
  • hogwash
  • invention
  • legend
  • lie
  • myth
  • old chestnut
  • old saw
  • one for the birds
  • parable
  • romance
  • tale
  • tall story
  • untruth
  • white lie
  • whopper
  • yarn
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.