men·​dac·​i·​ty | \ men-ˈda-sə-tē How to pronounce mendacity (audio) \
plural mendacities

Definition of mendacity

1 : the quality or state of being mendacious to blow the whistle on mendacity and hypocrisy— Geoffrey Wolff
2 : lie mendacities of the singer's manager

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Examples of mendacity in a Sentence

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 The rise of such a flagrant mendacity is usually located very recently, in Donald Trump’s first election run or in the dawning of the social media age. Jason Stanley, Scientific American, 10 Sep. 2021 So there would be no respite from the madness, from Donald’s particular blend of mendacity, cruelty, and destructiveness. Mary L. Trump, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The latest evidence of Trump's anti-democratic mendacity came in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday and Saturday by two top former senior Justice Department officials. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 9 Aug. 2021 Keefe narrates the book in a strong, clear baritone, a prosecutorial voice remarkably suited to detailing this shameful docket of greed, mendacity, arrogance, callousness, corruption and hypocrisy. Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2021 Cherishing someone can slide, through mendacity, ignorance, or neglect, into taking them for granted. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 20 June 2021 The latest episode in this mendacity movement was the ouster on Wednesday morning of Rep. Liz Cheney as Republican conference chair, the third highest-ranking post in House leadership. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 But as the past few weeks have shown, the mendacity that once seemed like a feature of politics in the age of Trump has outlived the former president's Twitter feed. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 Trump’s troubling mental state and habitual mendacity may well have coalesced and crescendoed to erode any discernible boundary between falsehood and delusion. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of mendacity

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mendacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mendacity

: lack of honesty : the condition of being mendacious

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