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 hypocrisyGeoffrey Wolff
: lie
mendacities of the singer's manager

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 Morris has made a career out of finding truth in the apocryphal, in cutting through layers of delusion and mendacity or at least bringing the artificiality of those layers to the surface. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sep. 2023 Biden has developed a series of verbal tics that tend to either precede or follow some of his more flagrant mendacities. Noah Rothman, National Review, 15 Sep. 2023 Spreading Trump’s corrosive lies — or, at the least, enabling his mendacity by failing to call him out— is no typical infraction, like blithely promising a balanced budget or overstating the benefits of reforming the healthcare system. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2023 In all seriousness, this kind of mendacity tends to catch up to a person. Roxane Gay, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 The event is being characterized in some quarters as a generational struggle, as a fifty-four-year-old upstart seeks to wrest the crown of mendacity from an aging but still dangerous seventy-seven-year-old. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 The finding might mean that regular liars are predisposed to mendacity due to their unusual brain structure (nature, egg) or that the structure developed through practice (nurture, chicken). Paul Tullis, Town & Country, 30 Apr. 2023 Though Hollywood lies about our ability to detect lies, psychologists and experienced police interrogators can catch mendacity only slightly better than chance would predict, and hardly better than the rest of us. Paul Tullis, Town & Country, 30 Apr. 2023 If journalism is really about truth, there is nothing newsworthy about giving free airtime to the prime minister of mendacity. Roxane Gay, Fortune, 13 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mendacity was circa 1540

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“Mendacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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