mendacious

adjective
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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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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The challenge is reaching them before mendacious narratives do. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "In Defense of Liberal Conspirators," 6 May 2021 But unlike Cheney, Stefanik stood with Trump by peddling his mendacious claims and voting against certification of President Biden’s Electoral College victory. The Editors, National Review, "Liz Cheney Is Not the Problem," 5 May 2021 Joe Biden’s assessment of his first 100 days in office is exaggerated if not outright mendacious. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Our Hero?," 30 Apr. 2021 To conservatives, the failed and mendacious 60 Minutes attack piece amounted to DeSantis earning a Purple Heart. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Promise of Ron DeSantis," 12 Apr. 2021 Republicans harangued members of their own party for supporting his mendacious campaign to claim election victory. New York Times, "Trump Impeached for Inciting Insurrection," 13 Jan. 2021 Birx was accused of enabling an incompetent and mendacious President. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 Over the years, Cruz has been called mendacious, ruthless and shamelessly self-promoting. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mendacious. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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mendacious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mendacious

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

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