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[men-das-i-tee] /mɛnˈdæs ɪ ti/
noun, plural mendacities 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.
1, 2. deception, lie, untruth, deceit. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Their politeness is excessive, and leads to as much mendacity as the same quality does in civilized countries.
  • Miller said, people could smell the corporate mendacity in the air.
  • While mendacity may no longer be among those variables, the law certainly is.
  • The industry became a byword for mendacity, secrecy and profligacy with taxpayers' money.
  • Call it mendacity, dishonesty, the ongoing effort to hoodwink the people.
  • The fox himself epitomizes local forms of mendacity, hypocrisy, and deception.
British Dictionary definitions for mendacity


noun (pl) -ties
the tendency to be untruthful
a falsehood
Derived Forms
mendacious (mɛnˈdeɪʃəs) adjective
mendaciously, adverb
mendaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin mendācitās, from Latin mendāx untruthful
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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).

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