Definition of mendacity in English:


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  • Untruthfulness; lying.

    ‘people publicly castigated for past mendacity’
    • ‘Deceit, avarice and mendacity seem to be the main qualities displayed by successive governments and that leads to unsafe times for us little folks.’
    • ‘Three hours is an awful long time in the cinema just to have that condescending truism lowered on us - in any case distorted and exaggerated to the point of mendacity.’
    • ‘This is a statement shot through with mendacity.’
    • ‘Hopefully, he will never know that there had been two delivery charges paid (for there were two deliveries, after all) plus a tenner to the driver for his mendacity.’
    • ‘It's a long turgid document of breathtaking mendacity.’
    • ‘We demand that the media present the facts in an even-handed manner, investigate indications of corruption and mendacity, and spare us the trivia.’
    • ‘As the city gasps for fiscal air, it's only fair to be clear that the city's budget difficulties are a result of provincial mendacity and not local mismanagement.’
    • ‘When will they be held accountable for their mendacity?’
    • ‘It may be that some people you encounter are so deeply ingrained with malice, avarice, mendacity and all the perversity our heritage can inflict on us that they are beyond redemption.’
    • ‘His history of mendacity is so intense and so long lasting that he wouldn't understand the truth if he fell over it.’
    • ‘Companies which allocate blank cheques to management teams with a proven record of failure and mendacity, get what they deserve.’
    • ‘There are examples of his mendacity - or his faculty for memory-loss and myth-making - that will affect people's lives.’
    • ‘I have never understood this: I understand the ethical concerns surrounding infidelity, since mendacity is involved.’
    • ‘What's more, the obvious mendacity of the statement renders the argument faulty and therefore a clear case of sophistry.’
    • ‘However, his aversion to marriage, his offbeat attitude to parenthood and his serial mendacity may be rooted rather closer to home in his own life.’
    • ‘It did not matter to this grand pooh-bah of the punditocracy that the ads were pure mendacity from start to finish.’
    • ‘Face it, he is almost pathological in either his mendacity or in his self-deception.’
    • ‘His speculations in this regard, while intriguing, are teased from the silent ether and rely heavily on the fact of her general mendacity.’
    • ‘He cleans it up for TV or interviews, but his show is is truly a sickening display of raging mendacity.’
    • ‘If Ann is guilty of objective mendacity in print, I should very much like to see it pointed out.’
    lying, untruthfulness, dishonesty, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, dissembling, insincerity, disingenuousness, hypocrisy, fraud, fraudulence, double-dealing, two-timing, duplicity, perjury, perfidy
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/menˈdasədē/ /mɛnˈdæsədi/


Mid 16th century (as mendacite): from ecclesiastical Latin mendacitas, from Latin mendax, mendac- ‘lying’ (see mendacious).