mendacity

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EtymologyEdit

From post-classical Latin mendacitas, from Latin mendāx (lying).

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NounEdit

mendacity (plural mendacities)

  1. The fact or condition of being untruthful; dishonesty.
    • 1955, Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, act II:
      Big Daddy: ... Think of all the lies I got to put up with!-Pretenses! Ain't that mendacity? Having to pretend stuff you don't think or feel or have any idea of?
  2. A lie, deceit or falsehood.

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Last modified on 11 April 2014, at 12:43