- telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful: a mendacious person.
- false or untrue: a mendacious report.
Origin of mendacious
Examples from the Web for mendacious
They created well-intentioned rules—which most mendacious lobbyists have found a way to ignore legally.Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff On Congressional Travel Disclosure
July 4, 2014
Ross Douthat wrote in The New York Times that the media coverage of the bill was “mendacious” and “hysterical.”Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive?
March 3, 2014
Why call his speech before the United Nations “defamatory and venomous… full of mendacious propaganda?”Bibi's Offensive Biblical Allusions
January 7, 2013
Erdogan's description of Israeli behavior toward the Palestinians as "genocidal" is mendacious and inflammatory.Turkish Hypocrisy
March 28, 2012
But too few Democrats—and almost no media commentators—have countered the mendacious right-wing storyline.How Republicans Screwed the Pooch
July 31, 2011
Party journalism in the Province of Quebec is peculiarly bitter and mendacious.The Hunted Outlaw
Bein' a woman, you're too feeble-witted for reason, too mendacious for trooth.'Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
With this mendacious explanation Gustavus was forced to be content.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
The mendacious fiction was framed by the chief priests and elders of the people.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
Angie said suddenly and turned with a mendacious inspiration on her brother.The Fifth Ace</p>
Word Origin and History for mendacious
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.