false light


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false light

1. noun A viewpoint that is inaccurate, untrue, or misleading. The incumbent senator contends that her opponent has painted her in a false light with misleading claims about her voting record. I know that deep down the CEO is an insecure coward, but he has always prsents himself in a false light as the company's fearless leader.
2. noun In law, a tort concerning how one's actions or statements have invaded someone's privacy in a manner that created a misleading or inaccurate public perception, resulting in emotional or mental distress. A: "The way they worded that headline makes her sound like a monster who prioritized her lifestyle over the wellbeing of her children, and the public thinks it's completely true! She's absolutely devastated." B: "It sounds like she has grounds for a false light claim to me. She should have her lawyer look into it."
3. adjective Related to such a tort. Typically hyphenated and used before a noun. If you ask me, this false-light case is going to be hard to prosecute. How do you prove injury in a case like this?
See also: false, light
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