mendacity

[men-das-i-tee]
noun, plural mendacities for 2.
1.
the quality of being mendacious; untruthfulness; tendency to lie.
2.
an instance of lying; falsehood.

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

mendacity, mendicity.


1, 2. deception, lie, untruth, deceit.
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mendacity (mɛnˈdæsɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the tendency to be untruthful
2.  a falsehood
 
[C17: from Late Latin mendācitās, from Latin mendāx untruthful]
 
mendacious
 
adj
 
men'daciously
 
adv
 
men'daciousness
 
n

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mendacity
1640s, from L.L. mendacitas, from L. mendax (see mendacious).
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Example sentences
And a little sad that a generation is being brought up invited to confuse this
  kind of mendacity with cleverness.
His theme was that loquacity can be all too easily pressed into service as a
  cover for mendacity.
No one is suggesting fraud or mendacity on the part of the doctors or
  laboratories.
The small screen has been pictured on the big screen as a nuthouse of
  manipulation and mendacity.
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