mendacity

[ men-das-i-tee ]
/ mɛnˈdæs ɪ ti /

noun, plural men·dac·i·ties for 2.

the quality of being mendacious; untruthfulness; tendency to lie.
an instance of lying; falsehood.

Origin of mendacity

1640–50; < Late Latin mendācitās falsehood, equivalent to Latin mendāci- (stem of mendāx) given to lying, false + -tās -ty2

Can be confused

mendacity mendicity
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British Dictionary definitions for mendacity

mendacity

/ (mɛnˈdæsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the tendency to be untruthful
a falsehood

Derived Forms

mendacious (mɛnˈdeɪʃəs), adjectivemendaciously, adverbmendaciousness, noun

Word Origin for mendacity

C17: from Late Latin mendācitās, from Latin mendāx untruthful
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