- The definition of a white lie is a harmless fib or a small untruth, often done to spare someone's feelings or for some other diplomatic reason.
An example of a white lie is when you tell your mom her pie is good even when it tastes terrible.
white lie definition by Webster's New World
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a lie concerning a trivial matter, often one told to spare someone's feelings
white lie definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
An often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth.
white lie - Phrases/Idioms
An untruth told to spare feelings or from politeness, as in She asked if I liked her dress, and of course I told a white lie. This term uses white in the sense of “harmless.” [First half of 1700s]