deviate from the truth

deviate from the truth

verb alter one's course, deceive, depart from a norm, digress, diverge, drift, fake, go astray, lie, maunder, meander, mislead, misstate, prevaricate, skew, stray, struggle, swerve, take a different course, wander
See also: bear false witness, falsify, lie, perjure, prevaricate
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This can be especially useful during a presidential election year, when the temptation for very public figures to deviate from the truth can be overwhelming.
The writer said: "I suspect most people won't last more than an hour or two before they are forced to deviate from the truth, either to get things done or to avoid a punch in the mouth.
Yet, Aristotle also allows that "if a frank and truthful man were obliged to deviate from the truth, he should have recourse to understatement in preference to exaggeration," because the former "seems to have more grace" and an "elegant effect.