men·​da·​cious | \ men-ˈdā-shəs How to pronounce mendacious (audio) \

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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Other Words from mendacious

mendaciously adverb
mendaciousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for mendacious


dishonest, lying, untruthful


honest, truthful, veracious

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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

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
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Oberlin alumni who are exhorted to contribute to this college, which has been made stupid and mendacious by politics, should ponder where at least $22 million is going. George Will, National Review, "Oberlin Has Graduated from Self-Caricature to Disgrace," 20 June 2019 Oberlin alumni who are exhorted to contribute to this college, which has been made stupid and mendacious by politics, should ponder where at least $22 million is going. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Oberlin has graduated from self-caricature to disgrace," 20 June 2019 Further, Gorcenski’s presenting himself as a female is untruthful, mendacious and deceptive. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He once defended the poor in court. Now he defends white supremacists.," 2 July 2018 But it could be argued that consumers are dealing with many of the same issues, from devious advertising to mendacious propaganda. Michael J. Socolow, Smithsonian, "In its Heyday, Mad Magazine Was a Lot More Than Silly Jokes," 11 May 2018 There is great value in persuading light-skinned people that race is a mendacious fiction, while white privilege is an indisputable fact. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "50 Years After His Assassination, We Are No Closer to Realizing MLK’s Most Radical Dream," 4 Apr. 2018 Another Story of the World In this appealing satire from Uruguay, a history teacher challenges the authority of his small town's mendacious and despotic military governor by teaching alternative facts. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "The wall’s gonna fall at the Chicago Latino Film Festival," 5 Apr. 2018 The purveyors of disinformation may indeed need to change their approaches to spreading mendacious or otherwise deceitful content over social media. Dipayan Ghosh And Ben Scott, Time, "Disinformation Is Becoming Unstoppable," 24 Jan. 2018 Moderates helped kill reform with mendacious claims that the legislation would hurt the poor. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "John McCain’s Defense Cut," 10 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of mendacious

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

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