misrepresentation

A misrepresentation is when you misrepresent, or lie about, something that happened. If you say you were the quarter back of the football team but really you were the mascot, that’s a misrepresentation.

A misrepresentation is a misstatement of the facts. It’s more than casting a different light on something; it’s deceptive and untrue. It’s a misrepresentation to tell your parents you went to the principal’s office to talk about books if you really got sent there for talking in class. Misrepresentations are deliberately misleading. They’re lies.

Definitions of misrepresentation
  1. noun
    a misleading falsehood
    synonyms: deceit, deception
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    bill of goods
    communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable
    humbug, snake oil
    communication (written 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, magnification, overstatement
    making to seem more important than it really is
    snow job
    a long and elaborate misrepresentation
    dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense
    pretending with intention to deceive
    blind, subterfuge
    something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
    hanky panky, hocus-pocus, jiggery-pokery, skulduggery, skullduggery, slickness, trickery
    verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
    duplicity, fraudulence
    a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
    equivocation, evasion
    a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
    bluff
    pretense that your position is stronger than it really is
    pretext, stalking-horse
    something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
    hypocrisy, lip service
    an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
    circumlocution, indirect expression
    an indirect way of expressing something
    doublespeak
    any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not
    hedge, hedging
    an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement
    cavil, quibble, quiddity
    an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
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    falsehood, falsity, untruth
    a false statement
  2. noun
    a willful perversion of facts
    synonyms: falsification
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    distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting
    the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
    equivocation, tergiversation
    falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
    fabrication, lying, prevarication
    the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
    deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation
    the act of deceiving
    fibbing, paltering
    a trivial act of lying or being deliberately unclear
    fakery
    the act of faking (or the product of faking)
    indirection
    deceitful action that is not straightforward
    chicane, chicanery, guile, shenanigan, trickery, wile
    the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
    double-dealing, duplicity
    acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
    cheat, cheating
    a deception for profit to yourself
    delusion, head game, illusion
    the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
    feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation
    the act of giving a false appearance
    impersonation, imposture
    pretending to be another person
    obscurantism
    a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
    bluff, four flush
    the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
    take-in
    the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone
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    actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
    activity that transgresses moral or civil law
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