A wonderful woman, Wendee Mason, taught me a better definition for a “lie” than I’d known before:
“A lie is information given or withheld (or omitted) that would have affected another person’s choice.”
For years my definition was too simplistic or easily rationalized. There was way too much wiggle room for me and I abused that fact. Thankfully I no longer do that, at least to the best of my ability.
This comes up for me when I hear current events where the information given is questionable. I really feel disappointed when it happens with elected representatives.