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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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mendaciously adverb
mendaciousness noun

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dishonest, deceitful, mendacious, untruthful mean unworthy of trust or belief. dishonest implies a willful perversion of truth in order to deceive, cheat, or defraud. a swindle usually involves two dishonest people deceitful usually implies an intent to mislead and commonly suggests a false appearance or double-dealing. the secret affairs of a deceitful spouse mendacious may suggest bland or even harmlessly mischievous deceit and when used of people often suggests a habit of telling untruths. mendacious tales of adventure untruthful stresses a discrepancy between what is said and fact or reality. an untruthful account of their actions

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Over the years, Cruz has been called mendacious, ruthless and shamelessly self-promoting. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Cruz once again tries to pander his way to the top," 29 Dec. 2020 One of the pillars of the Soviet Union was a controlled press in which all coverage was organized to confirm a mendacious ideology. David Satter, WSJ, "Soviet Politics, American Style," 22 Dec. 2020 Goff doesn’t seem to take a ruthless or mendacious approach to the game. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "In a Game of Diplomatic Warfare, This Negotiator Has the Upper Hand," 29 Sep. 2020 Even under a president as mendacious as Nixon, the political universe was still bounded by a shared sense of reality. Farhad Manjoo New York Times, Star Tribune, "To see how far we've fallen, revisit history," 26 Sep. 2020 All those not living in a cave know by now that social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and even Tinder have become vehicles for a veritable tsunami of mendacious and polarizing information. Aziz Huq, Washington Post, "Political lies aren’t new, but the methods of spreading them are," 25 June 2020 Many less attractive traits are also recorded: Charles could be uncommunicative and dilatory, evasive and mendacious, refractory, vindictive, obstinate, even outright wicked, though self-delusive about the motives of others. R.j.w. Evans, The New York Review of Books, "The Dream of World Monarchy," 27 May 2020 And either scenario will bring out both the absolute best and worst in human nature: Hero first responders, innovators and leaders as well as mendacious grifters, conspiracy theorists and tyrants. Bill Weir, CNN, "To my son, born in the time of coronavirus and climate change," 25 Apr. 2020 Sokolov’s debut feature is a clever, bloody as hell, often hilarious virtuoso exercise in excruciating harm-doing among mendacious people. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘Why Don’t You Just Die!’ Review: Attempted Murder, but Make It Comedy," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mendacious

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mendacious

Latin mendac-, mendax — more at amend

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“Mendacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mendacious

: not honest : likely to tell lies
: based on lies

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