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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth.

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  • noun idiomatic A deliberate, untrue statement which does no harm or is intended to produce a favorable result.

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  • noun an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite)

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