men·​dac·​i·​ty men-ˈda-sə-tē How to pronounce mendacity (audio)
plural mendacities
: the quality or state of being mendacious
to blow the whistle on mendacity and hypocrisy Geoffrey Wolff
: lie
mendacities of the singer's manager

Example Sentences

highly fictionalized “memoirs” in which the facts were few and the mendacities many you need to overcome this deplorable mendacity, or no one will ever believe anything you say
Recent Examples on the Web Robert Kennedy recalls the mendacity of the Soviet Union and its leader, Nikita Khrushchev, who assured American officials that there were no offensive weapons in Cuba. José Azel, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2022 Johnson’s response displayed all his faults—the bravado and bluster, the shiftiness and mendacity. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The New Republic, 11 July 2022 When reckless mendacity, cynicism and demagoguery paid off so handsomely for Mr. Trump, Democrats adopted them wholesale, and Mr. Schiff led the way. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 17 June 2022 There are no events for mendacity, oppression, or rudeness. Nr Editors, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 With the variety in her game, the cleanliness of her forehand strike and the skidding mendacity of her backhand slice, Barty was a tennis player’s tennis player who had clearly established herself over the last year as the best in the world. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 The longer-term political implications of the administration’s incoherence, mendacity, and self-delusions are vastly worse. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 Chomsky’s mendacity does not, in Harris’s opinion, stem from wickedness. Geoffrey K. Pullum, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have consistently offered a contrast to the outgoing presidency's mendacity by speaking of the need to tell the truth clearly to the public. Dana Bash And Abbie Sharpe, CNN, 8 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mendacity was circa 1540

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“Mendacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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