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

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mendacity (countable and uncountable, plural mendacities)

  1. The fact or condition of being untruthful; dishonesty.
    • 2017 March 27, “The Observer view on triggering article 50”, in The Observer[1]:
      So now the hard Brexiters say, with astonishingly cynical mendacity, that Britain would be better off going it alone.
    • 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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