from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Repeated distortion of the truth on a grand scale, especially for propaganda purposes: released falsified documents to bolster the big lie that no government troops were involved in the fighting.


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  • Inthis they proceeded on the sound principle that the magnitude of a lie alwayscontains a certain factor of credibility, since the great masses of thepeople in the very bottom of their hearts tend to be corrupted rather thanconsciously and purposely evil, and that, therefore, in view of the primitivesimplicity of their minds they more easily fall a victim to a big lie thanto a little one, since they themselves lie in little things, but would beashamed of lies that were too big.

    Mein Kampf


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