Meaning of terminological inexactitude in English:

terminological inexactitude


  • A lie (used as a humorous euphemism)

    ‘it wasn't the moment to correct terminological inexactitudes’
    • ‘As with Lord Scott's deliberations, much hinged on the interpretation of words and the meanings of phrases, for the higher reaches of government are a rarefied world of sophistries and terminological inexactitudes.’
    • ‘This terminological inexactitude is unlikely to be accidental on the part of Ha'aretz.’
    • ‘And please, Santa, make sure there's one of those interminable mini-disc CD recorders inside the machine to make sure we remind him of what he said each time he utters a terminological inexactitude.’
    • ‘He is engaging in a few terminological inexactitudes, is that your point, is it, Mr Ellis?’
    • ‘This renders it a possibility that Mr. Jaffer used another terminological inexactitude, this time inside of the House, in his apology to the House for the previous terminological inexactitiude.’
    lie, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, made-up story, trumped-up story, fake news, invention, fiction, piece of fiction, falsification, falsity, cock and bull story, barefaced lie


First used by Winston Churchill in a Commons speech in 1906.