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Synonyms for lie

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. lie

    Deceit is the habit, deception the act; guile applies to the disposition out of which deceit and deception grow, and also to their actual practise. A lie, lying, or falsehood, is the uttering of what one knows to be false with intent to deceive. The novel or drama is not a lie, because not meant to deceive; the ancient teaching that the earth was flat was not a lie, because not then known to be false. Untruth is more than lack of accuracy, implying always lack of veracity; but it is a somewhat milder and more dignified word than lie. Falsehood and lying are in utterance; deceit and deception may be merely in act or implication. Deception may be innocent, and even unintentional, as in the case of an optical illusion; deceit always involves injurious intent. Craft and cunning have not necessarily any moral quality; they are common traits of animals, but stand rather low in the human scale. Duplicity is the habitual speaking or acting with intent to appear to mean what one does not. Dissimulation is rather a concealing of what is than a pretense of what is not. Finesse is simply an adroit and delicate management of a matter for one's own side, not necessarily involving deceit. Compare ARTIFICE; FICTION; FRAUD; HYPOCRISY.

    craft, cunning, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, delusion, dissimulation, double-dealing, duplicity, fabrication, falsehood, finesse, fraud, guile, hypocrisy, imposition, lying, prevarication, trickery, untruth

    candor, fair dealing, frankness, guilelessness, honesty, openness, simplicity, sincerity, truth, veracity

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. lienoun

    falsehood, untruth, fabrication, subterfuge, evasion, fib, fiction, falsity

    truth, fact, veracity

  2. lieverb

    rest, repose, be, remain

    rise, move, stir

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lie, prevaricationnoun

    a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth

    evasiveness, equivocation, prevarication, lying, fabrication

    sit down, stand, stand up, sit

  2. Lie, Trygve Lie, Trygve Halvden Lienoun

    Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)


    stand, stand up, sit, sit down

  3. lieverb

    position or manner in which something is situated


    sit, stand, sit down, stand up

  4. lieverb

    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

    dwell, lie in, rest, lie down, consist

    sit, stand, sit down, stand up

  5. lieverb

    be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position

    "The sick man lay in bed all day"; "the books are lying on the shelf"

    dwell, lie in, rest, lie down, consist

    sit, stand, sit down, stand up

  6. dwell, consist, lie, lie inverb

    originate (in)

    "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"

    lie in, comprise, dwell, populate, harp, lie down, brood, live, consist, rest, inhabit

    stand up, sit, stand, sit down

  7. lieverb

    be and remain in a particular state or condition

    "lie dormant"

    dwell, lie in, rest, lie down, consist

    stand, sit, stand up, sit down

  8. lieverb

    tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive

    "Don't lie to your parents"; "She lied when she told me she was only 29"

    dwell, lie in, rest, lie down, consist

    sit, stand up, stand, sit down

  9. lie, restverb

    have a place in relation to something else

    "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies"

    lie in, catch one's breath, reside, dwell, pillow, roost, remain, lie down, breathe, repose, stay, perch, consist, take a breather, rest

    stand, stand up, sit down, sit

  10. lie down, lieverb

    assume a reclining position

    "lie down on the bed until you feel better"

    dwell, lie in, rest, lie down, consist

    sit, stand, stand up, sit down

Editors Contribution

  1. ailed

    to lie; to not tell the truth.

    mari lied to the teacher.

    Submitted by anonymous on November 17, 2019  
  2. deciet

    to not tell the truth

    jeffton lied to me

    Submitted by rinat on June 9, 2017  
  3. homopentameric

    nothing equals being equivalent to god the father,or john and the son of god the father except for john,the son, and the holy spirit of god the father

    all of humanity is equal under god

    Submitted by anonymous on April 2, 2020  
  4. taqiyya

    permitted or encouraged lie if islam is benefitted

    muslims may or should lie if it helps islam.

    Submitted by acronimous on July 14, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. lienoun

    fib, intentional untruth, criminal falsehood, SUGGESTIO FALSI, SUPPRESSIO VERI

  2. lieverb

    falsify, FIB, tell a lie

  3. lieverb

    recline, couch, lie down, be prostrate, be recumbent

  4. lieverb

    be placed, be laid

  5. lieverb

    be, rest, remain

  6. lieverb

    be situated, be located

  7. lieverb


  8. lieverb

    (Law.) be sustainable

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. lienoun

    untruth, falsehood, fib, fiction, fabrication, subterfuge, evasion, misrepresentation

  2. lieverb


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "lie":

    lying, iie, falsehood, mens, reside, untruth, lied, deceit, liar, are, lies

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How to use lie in a sentence?

  1. Jill Biden:

    War and conflict, death and loss are not relics of our American history; they're a part of Americans' story. Here in Arlington lie heroes who gave what President Lincoln called ‘the last full measure of devotion,’ they did not only die at Gettysburg or in Flanders Field or on the beaches of Normandy, but in the mountains of Afghanistan, the deserts of Iraq in the last 20 years.

  2. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    It could dramatically change the separation of powers between the White House and the Senate if the Senate agrees we will conduct both the investigation and the trial of an impeachment, what's more, some of the proposed new witnesses include executive branch officials whose communications with the President and with other executive branch officials lie at the very core of the President's constitutional privilege.

  3. Ted Cruz:

    I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie.

  4. Alan Watts:

    There is always something taboo, something repressed, un-admitted, or just glimpsed quickly out of the corner of one’s eye because a direct look is too unsettling. Taboos lie within taboos, like the skin of an onion.

  5. Carli Lloyd:

    I'm not going to lie and sugarcoat it : It was absolutely the worst time of my life, it really was the rock bottom of my entire career.

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