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[men-dey-shuh s]
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  1. telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful: a mendacious person.
  2. false or untrue: a mendacious report.

Origin of mendacious

1610–20; < Latin mendāci- (see mendacity) + -ous
Related formsmen·da·cious·ly, adverbmen·da·cious·ness, nounun·men·da·cious, adjectiveun·men·da·cious·ly, adverb


1, 2. veracious.
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1610s, from Middle French mendacieux, from Latin mendacium "a lie, untruth, falsehood, fiction," from mendax (genitive mendacis) "lying, deceitful," from menda "fault, defect, carelessness in writing," from PIE root *mend- "physical defect, fault" (see amend (v.)). The sense evolution of Latin mendax was influenced by mentiri "to speak falsely, lie, deceive." Related: Mendaciously; mendaciousness.

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