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What do you think, are lying and concealing the truth the same thing? Why or why not?

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A lie is a false statement to a person or group made by another person or group who knows it is not the whole truth, intentionally.[1] A barefaced (or bald-faced) lie is one that is obviously a lie to those hearing it. A Big Lie is a lie which attempts to trick the victim into believing something major which will likely be contradicted by some information the victim already possesses, or by their common sense. To bluff is to pretend to have a capability or intention one does not actually posses An emergency lie is a strategic lie told when the truth may not be told because, for example, harm to a third party would result. An exaggeration (or hyperbole) occurs when the most fundamental aspects of a statement are true, but only to a limited extent.

A fabrication is a lie told when someone submits a statement as truth without knowing for certain whether or not it actually is true. A half-truth is a deceptive statement that includes some element of truth. The statement might be partly true, the statement may be totally true but only part of the whole truth, or it may employ some deceptive element, such as improper punctuation, or double meaning, especially if the intent is to deceive, evade, blame, or misrepresent the truth. An honest lie (or confabulation) is defined by verbal statements or actions that inaccurately describe history, background, and present situations. Perjury is the act of lying or making veritably false statements on a material matter under oath or affirmation in a court of law, or in any of various sworn statements in writing. White lies are minor lies which could be considered to be harmless, or even beneficial, in the long term.
p.s. These are the most common of ideas on lies.
I don't personally agree with lies, a lie is just that.
by jonaja
No it is not the same . You conceal the truth usually for the other person's benefit and you lie usually for your own benefit .
Good explanation Art.
by helga
I have often wondered that. When it comes to talking to children, I often don't tell them the whole truth, taking into consideration their age/maturity. I don't think I have lied to them.
Concealing the truth is just a version of lying as far as I can tell, it's like lying in reverse. Instead of flat out saying something that isn't true, the person does their best to hide the truth. The consequences of being caught doing either of these is the same.
An omission truth is just as much a lie. In a way, it is more deceitful because you are trying to justify that what you'r doing is okay - a bit of self denial.
I think it's practically the same thing. In theory, the difference is that a lie needs to be fabricated, while concealing the truth it's just keeping silent on the subject. However, in real life, they seem all the same to me as they are both dishonest practices.
Yes, I think it is the same thing -if you conceal the truth, it is the same as a lie, however, in some cases it is kinder to conceal the truth.
One good example is when I was young the family went on a holiday and had our beloved dog boarded in a kennel.
He died suddenly, and the people did not ring us as we were about 3 days short of finishing our holidays -I would call that concealing the truth for our own good. This would not happen nowadays however there was no point telling us as we would have rushed home and could do nothing anyway.

There are various times when concealing the truth is kinder to the person, and I would agree with it but it is still the same as lying.

There are degrees of lying however and some are far worse than other innocent white lies.
by Finy
Yes they are - the end result is the same.
That is exactly what I said to myself when I saw I had received an email notification that another answer was posted in reply to this question. Eerie.
by Vee
I think they are different, some people don't need to know everything so they are not told everything.
Yes and No.
It depends on the intent when concealing the truth, this applies to both answers.
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