Definition of mendacious in English:

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mendacious

Pronunciation: /menˈdāSHəs/

adjective

Not telling the truth; lying: mendacious propaganda
More example sentences
  • It is an outright lie, a fabrication by a mendacious and unscrupulous writer.
  • He wanted me to know the sort of country I was living in and what was going on around me, in defiance of the chronically mendacious official propaganda.
  • Overall, Wittenberg portrays him as a petty, hypocritical, mendacious man whose primary focus was self-promotion.
Synonyms
lying, untruthful, dishonest, deceitful, false, dissembling, insincere, disingenuous, hypocritical, fraudulent, double-dealing, two-faced, Janus-faced, two-timing, duplicitous, perjured;
untrue, fictitious, falsified, fabricated, fallacious, invented, made up
vulgar slang full of crap
literary perfidious

Derivatives

mendaciously

adverb
Example sentences
  • Everything will be done,’ he told a colleague from the newspaper mendaciously.
  • Obviously this is mendaciously disingenuous coming from the erstwhile Prince of Darkness who has torpedoed many a career with anonymous briefings to journalists.
  • You cannot let them, as the old legal adage has it, mendaciously cry ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre.

mendaciousness

noun
Example sentences
  • From the beginning of the fourteenth century, Dominican theologians in Italy had attacked poetry for its mendaciousness and corrupting influence, while early humanists had viewed it as a divine science and form of theology.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin mendax, mendac- 'lying' (related to mendum 'fault') + -ious.

Words that rhyme with mendacious

Athanasius, audacious, bodacious, cactaceous, capacious, carbonaceous, contumacious, Cretaceous, curvaceous, disputatious, edacious, efficacious, fallacious, farinaceous, flirtatious, foliaceous, fugacious, gracious, hellacious, herbaceous, Ignatius, loquacious, mordacious, ostentatious, perspicacious, pertinacious, pugnacious, rapacious, sagacious, salacious, saponaceous, sebaceous, sequacious, setaceous, spacious, tenacious, veracious, vexatious, vivacious, voracious

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Syllabification: men·da·cious

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