li·​ar | \ ˈlī(-ə)r How to pronounce liar (audio) \

Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies has a reputation as a liar

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Examples of liar in a Sentence

She called him a dirty liar. she knew he was a liar when he started claiming that he was an astronaut
Recent Examples on the Web History is complicated and nostalgia a seductive liar, as the former U.S. diplomat George Ball once remarked. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Embracing the Compromises of Political Giants," 3 Aug. 2020 According to Variety, the ratings for the second season have been much lower than those of the original true-life installment, starring Connie Britton as Debra Newell, an interior designer at the mercy of a pathological liar named John Meehan. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will Dirty John Get a Season 3?," 14 July 2020 The following summer, and by then a White House contender, Cruz called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky a liar on the Senate floor. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Ted Cruz, team player: Senator raising millions for Republicans as he eyes potential 2024 bid," 8 July 2020 Omar has called Trump a racist and a liar since being elected to Congress as part of the blue wave in 2018. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "'Perpetuate this inequality': Ilhan Omar says US must begin 'dismantling' economy and 'the whole system of oppression'," 7 July 2020 In an emotional, 13-minute video posted on Facebook on June 14, McAleenan, who is white, called Bishop Michael Barber, the head of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, a racist and a liar. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Oakland priest challenges bishop over church’s attitudes on race," 22 June 2020 In 1988 his open letter in the San Francisco Examiner to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, calling him a murderer and a liar, set Dr Fauci thinking. The Economist, "Shout loud, save lives Larry Kramer died on May 27th," 11 June 2020 The next round gets a little bit more challenging when an expert tells their fact up against a really good liar. Katey Clifford, al, "‘The Big Fib’ | How to watch Yvette Nicole Brown host a new comedy game show," 22 May 2020 Dershowitz has denied the allegation and has publicly called the woman, Virginia Giuffre, a liar on multiple occasions, leading to her suit. Jordan Fabian,, "Trump Adds Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr to Impeachment Legal Team," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of liar

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for liar

Middle English, from Old English lēogere, from lēogan to lie — more at lie

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The first known use of liar was before the 12th century

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8 Aug 2020

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“Liar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies


li·​ar | \ ˈlī-ər How to pronounce liar (audio) \

Kids Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies

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