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polite fiction

A social scenario in which all participants are aware of a truth, but pretend to believe in some alternative version of events to avoid conflict or embarrassment.
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Susan is only able to deal with the fact that her husband has sex with the man down the street through a filter of polite fiction. She knows what her husband is really doing when he says he is going "to buy cigarettes".

Submitted on July 07, 2010

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