mendacity
noun (plural -ties) Date: 1646 1. the quality or state of being mendacious 2. lie

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  • mendacity — (n.) tendency to lie, 1640s, from M.Fr. mendacité and directly from L.L. mendacitas falsehood, mendacity, from L. mendax lying; a liar (see MENDACIOUS (Cf. mendacious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mendacity — mendacity, mendicity Mendacity (from Latin mendax ‘lying’) means ‘habitual lying or deceiving’, whereas mendicity (from Latin mendicare ‘to beg’) means ‘the practice or habit of begging’. The words are ultimately related in having a common… …   Modern English usage

  • Mendacity — Men*dac i*ty, n.; pl. {Mendacities}. [L. mendacitas.] 1. The quality or state of being mendacious; a habit of lying. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. A falsehood; a lie. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] Syn: Lying; deceit; untruth; falsehood. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mendacity — index artifice, bad faith, deceit, deception, dishonesty, false pretense, falsification, fraud, improbity …   Law dictionary

  • mendacity — [men das′ə tē] n. pl. mendacities [LL mendacitas < L mendax] 1. the quality or state of being mendacious 2. a lie; falsehood …   English World dictionary

  • mendacity — [[t]mendæ̱sɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Mendacity is lying, rather than telling the truth. [FORMAL] For a government minister it was an astonishing display of cowardice and mendacity …   English dictionary

  • mendacity — mendacious ► ADJECTIVE ▪ untruthful. DERIVATIVES mendaciously adverb mendacity noun. ORIGIN Latin mendax lying …   English terms dictionary

  • mendacity — /men das i tee/, n., pl. mendacities for 2. 1. the quality of being mendacious; untruthfulness; tendency to lie. 2. an instance of lying; falsehood. [1640 50; < LL mendacitas falsehood, equiv. to L mendaci (s. of mendax) given to lying, false +… …   Universalium

  • mendacity — noun /mɛnˈdasəti/ a) The fact or condition of being untruthful; dishonesty. b) A lie, deceit or falsehood. See Also: mendacious, mendaciously, mendaciousness …   Wiktionary

  • mendacity — Synonyms and related words: blague, boggling, caviling, cock and bull story, credibility gap, dishonesty, dodging, equivocation, exaggeration, fairy tale, falsehood, falsity, farfetched story, farrago, fib, fibbery, fibbing, fiction, fish story,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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