perversion of the truth

See: evasion
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Having made this concession to circumstances, he was, at the same time, quite cunning enough to see that it was of vital importance to the purpose which he had in view, to confine himself strictly to this one perversion of the truth.
The clerk made out a formal summons, and the charge was preferred against me, with the customary exaggeration and the customary perversion of the truth on such occasions.
Rampant headlines, such as one that read "Israel and Hamas trade attacks as tension rises" in the New York Times, are a wicked perversion of the truth.
Not with a date but with the following signs: unprecedented weather extremes; earthquakes; famines; signs in the sky; increase in knowledge and technology; travel and also disease and drugs, perversion of the truth and persecution of believers.
That's such a disgusting perversion of the truth, it's almost laughable.
Fraud--The intentional perversion of the truth for the purpose of inducing another person or other entity in reliance upon it to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right.