Adjective "mendacious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not telling the truth; lying.
  1. 'It is an outright lie, a fabrication by a mendacious and unscrupulous writer.'
  2. 'It is because the argument has been had and they have comprehensively lost it - because every one of their arguments is either bogus, mendacious or plain demonstrably wrong.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'The common treatment of the monopoly question is thoroughly mendacious and dishonest.'
  5. 'And despite the fact that I've been almost exclusively mendacious since my late teens, it's not rained on me once.'
  6. 'By the end - though of course they are much too polite to say so - I can see they are thinking that I must be either completely senile or completely mendacious.'
  7. 'He's mendacious and obnoxious, so what accounts for his appeal?'
  8. 'If the emphasis does not change, moving away from the meaningless and mendacious form-filling of the current regime, the wool will continue to be pulled over the eyes of the public and the regulator.'
  9. 'Here it is… equally malodorous, mendacious, but it's up there on the Web for all to see, truth is stranger than fiction.'
  10. 'He has lied about his school and college results and his credit cards have more bounce than Beyoncé, so this mendacious chap needs to mend his ways.'


1. telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful: a mendacious person.

2. false or untrue: a mendacious report.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be mendacious on jobs."

"statements can be mendacious."

"propagandas can be mendacious."

"triumvirates can be mendacious."

"scullions can be mendacious."

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