Definition of mendacious
: given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth mendacious tales of his adventures
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Examples of mendacious in a sentence
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
A choice item in the collection of mendacious stories that were circulated about Columbus after his death is this. Columbus lost himself on the way to Hispaniola, and only by virtue of letters and pilots sent by Martín Alonso did he manage to find the island and join Pinta. —Samuel Eliot Morison, Admiral of the Ocean Sea, 1942
Mildred had become great friends with her and had given her an elaborate but mendacious account of the circumstances which had brought her to the pass she was in. —W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage, 1915
The newspaper story was mendacious and hurtful.
that tabloid routinely publishes the most moronically mendacious stories about celebrities
Origin and Etymology of mendacious
Latin mendac-, mendax — more at amend
First Known Use: 1616
Synonym Discussion of mendacious
MENDACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mendacious for English Language Learners
: not honest : likely to tell lies
: based on lies
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