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1. misrepresentation  (noun) 
a misleading falsehood

  Also known as: deceit, deception


  More Specific:
bill of goods - communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable
humbug / snake oil - communication (writen or spoken) intended to deceive
half-truth - a partially true statement intended to deceive or mislead
facade / window dressing - a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
exaggeration / overstatement / magnification - making to seem more important than it really is
snow job - a long and elaborate misrepresentation
pretense / pretence / feigning / dissembling - pretending with intention to deceive
subterfuge / blind - something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
trickery / hocus-pocus / slickness / hanky panky / jiggery-pokery / skulduggery / skullduggery - verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
fraudulence / duplicity - a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
evasion / equivocation - a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth


  More Generic:
    falsehood     falsity     untruth     false statement


 

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