mendacious

mendacious (adj.) 1610s, from M.Fr. mendacieux, from L. mendacium "a lie, untruth, falsehood, fiction," from mendax (gen. mendacis) "lying, deceitful," from menda "fault, defect, carelessness in writing," from PIE root *mend- "physical defect, fault" (see AMEND (Cf. amend) (v.)). The sense evolution of L. mendax was influenced by mentiri "to speak falsely, lie, deceive." Related: Mendaciously; mendaciousness.

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  • Mendacious — Men*da cious, a. [L. mendax, acis, lying, cf. mentiri to lie.] 1. Given to deception or falsehood; lying; as, a mendacious person. [1913 Webster] 2. False; counterfeit; containing falsehood; as, a mendacious statement. [1913 Webster] {Men*da… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mendacious — I adjective artful, clever in deception, collusive, concocted, counterfeit, covinous, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, devoid of truth, dishonest, distorted, embroidered, fabricated, false, falsified, feigned, fictitious, fraudulent, given to lying …   Law dictionary

  • mendacious — *dishonest, lying, untruthful, deceitful Analogous words: *false, wrong: prevaricating, equivocating, paltering, fibbing (see LIE vb) Antonyms: veracious Contrasted words: *reliable, dependable, trustworthy: honest, *upright, just, scrupulous,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mendacious — [adj] dishonest deceitful, deceptive, duplicitous, equivocating, erroneous, fallacious, false, fibbing, fraudulent, insincere, lying, paltering, perfidious, perjured, prevaricating, shifty, spurious, untrue, untruthful, wrong; concept 267 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

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

  • mendacious — [men dā′shəs] adj. [< L mendax (gen. mendacis) < IE base * mend , a flaw > L emendare,EMEND] not truthful; lying or false mendaciously adv. mendaciousness n …   English World dictionary

  • mendacious — mendaciously, adv. mendaciousness, n. /men day sheuhs/, adj. 1. telling lies, esp. habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful: a mendacious person. 2. false or untrue: a mendacious report. [1610 20; < L mendaci (see MENDACITY) + OUS] Ant. 1, 2.… …   Universalium

  • mendacious — [[t]mende͟ɪʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED A mendacious person is someone who tells lies. A mendacious statement is one that is a lie. [FORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • mendacious — adjective Etymology: Latin mendac , mendax more at amend Date: 1616 given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth < mendacious tales of his adventures > Synonyms: see dishonest • mendaciously adverb •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mendacious — men|da|cious [menˈdeıʃəs] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: mendax] not truthful ▪ mendacious propaganda >mendaciously adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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