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mendacious

[men-dey-shuh s] /mɛnˈdeɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful:
a mendacious person.
2.
false or untrue:
a mendacious report.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin mendāci- (see mendacity) + -ous
Related forms
mendaciously, adverb
mendaciousness, noun
unmendacious, adjective
unmendaciously, adverb
Antonyms
1, 2. veracious.
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Word Origin and History for mendaciousness

mendacious

adj.

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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