mendacious


men·da·cious

adjective \men-ˈdā-shəs\

: not honest : likely to tell lies

: based on lies

Full Definition of MENDACIOUS

:  given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth <mendacious tales of his adventures>
men·da·cious·ly adverb
men·da·cious·ness noun

Examples of MENDACIOUS

  1. The newspaper story was mendacious and hurtful.
  2. <that tabloid routinely publishes the most moronically mendacious stories about celebrities>
  3. Indeed, the racist and Malthusian elements in Darwin's work are subjects on which the new secularists are either silent, delicate, or mendacious. —Eugene McCarraher, Commonweal, 15 June 2007

Origin of MENDACIOUS

Latin mendac-, mendax — more at amend
First Known Use: 1616

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