men·dac·i·ty | \men-ˈda-sə-tē \
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

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His laughable mendacity on the size of the inaugural crowd set the standard for all the lies that have followed. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Drill, Baby, Drill—in 2028?," 9 Mar. 2018 Like [Spicer, Conway and Sanders], Hicks, even in her camera- and microphone-shy way, spent years being loyal to Trump and his mendacities. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump triangulates on trade. Here are five takeaways from the tariff announcement.," 2 Mar. 2018 The mendacity of breweries and their willingness to take advantage of young children and their families no doubt contributed to the dramatic and theatrical flair of Leslie’s reports. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "The Surprisingly Intolerant History of Milk," 11 May 2018 Nonetheless, there are signs that the two sides, amid the standoff, haven’t completely cut off ties, providing a thin possibility that the U.S. sanctions, the heated rhetoric and the Russian accusations of U.S. mendacity mask a desire to get along., "Syria Strikes Lock U.S. and Russia Into a New Era of Animosity," 16 Apr. 2018 Nevertheless, Trump, standing in front of a memorial for those who had died serving in the CIA, blasted him by name as an example of journalistic mendacity. Anchorage Daily News, "Looking for Trump in all the wrong places," 12 Feb. 2018 Given the Watergate backdrop as well as the mendacity that accompanied the Vietnam War, there was a turn against the government by the public, and also the representatives in Congress. Lily Rothman, Time, "The Nunes Memo Release Is an 'Extraordinary Event' in the History of Intelligence Oversight," 2 Feb. 2018 One simply cannot keep up with, much less respond with proper outrage to, all of this guy's scandals, bungles, blame-shifting, name-calling and missteps, his sundry acts of mendacity, misanthropy, perversity and idiocy. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump hasn’t drained any swamps, but he’s exhausted our shock capacity," 21 Jan. 2018 Claire is taken aback—as much by Jamie's easy mendacity as by his willingness to betray his family. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Outlander Season 3: Episode 7 Recap: "Crème de Menthe"," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of mendacity

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mendacity was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of mendacity

: lack of honesty : the condition of being mendacious

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