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

n a misleading falsehood

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
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
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
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

n a willful perversion of facts

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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
the act of faking (or the product of faking)
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
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
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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