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Monday, April 22, 2002

mendacious

\men-DAY-shuhs\ , adjective;
1.
Given to deception or falsehood; lying; untruthful; as, a mendacious person.
2.
False; untrue; as, a mendacious statement.
Quotes:
Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, two very different men, each from a different party, were seen as mendacious and deceitful, driven to self-destructive actions by forces they could not control.
-- Robert Shogan, The Double-Edged Sword
His writings, speeches, and decisions supply crucial evidence but also contain mendacious elements, gaps, and camouflage.
-- Richard Breitman, Official Secrets
Origin:
Mendacious is from Latin mendax, mendac-, "lying."
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