- the quality of being mendacious; untruthfulness; tendency to lie.
- an instance of lying; falsehood.
Origin of mendacity
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Examples from the Web for mendacity
Besides the mendacity of it all, such a scheme misses the obvious truth that “the audience has a mind of its own.”The Insane Swedish Plan to Rate Games for Sexism
November 20, 2014
Within this maelstrom of mendacity lies an urgent film that dares to convey the black experience in America: Dear White People.‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films
October 30, 2014
The destruction of a for-profit enterprise is always noble; its defense always carries the whiff of mendacity.Toyota's a Victim, Not a Villain
February 13, 2011
His new book, The Mendacity of Hope, argues that Obama has betrayed liberalism and the Constitution.
Roger D. Hodge is the author of The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism.
That, and his career of mendacity, would start at breakfast.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
And Harry had the mendacity to assure her that this was a favorite habit of mine.Lorimer of the Northwest
Because Falsehood was blemished in having no feet, she was called mendacium or mendacity.The Fables of Phdrus
The yellow-press surpassed themselves in clamor and mendacity.Theodore Roosevelt</p>
Edmund Lester Pearson
This concluding paragraph is simply a tissue of mendacity and absurdity.Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh
- the tendency to be untruthful
- a falsehood
Word Origin and History for mendacity
"tendency to lie," 1640s, from Middle French mendacité and directly from Late Latin mendacitas "falsehood, mendacity," from Latin mendax "lying; a liar" (see mendacious).