Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Defining the Lie

OK, we might as well start at the beginning. When we use the word "lie", this is what we mean:
Lie. noun, verb

  1. A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.
  2. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.

verb, intransitive~
  1. To present false information with the intention of deceiving.
  2. To convey a false image or impression: Appearances often lie.
verb, transitive~
  1. To cause to be in a specific condition or affect in a specific way by telling falsehoods: You have lied yourself into trouble.

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