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Sunday, October 02, 2011

mendacity

\men-DAS-i-tee\ , noun;
1.
A tendency to lie; untruthfulness.
2.
An instance of lying; falsehood.
Quotes:
This was my introduction to a lifetime of mendacity. I too must learn to say these gorgeous untruths.
-- Christopher Buckley, Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir
If divorce had presented itself as the dastardly antithesis of all this, it could easily have been cast onto the other pan of the scales, along with betrayal, illness, thieving, assault and mendacity.
-- Ian McEwan, Atonement
Origin:
Mendacity is derived from Latin mendax "lying, deceitful," which is related to menda "fault, defect, carelessness in writing."
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