mendacious

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

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

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 mendacious — [mɛn deɪʃəs] adjective untruthful: mendacious propaganda. Derivatives mendaciously adverb mendacity noun Origin C17: from L. mendax, mendac lying + ious …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 mendacious — adjective formal not truthful: mendacious propaganda mendaciously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 mendacious — adjective politicians and their mendacious spin doctors Syn: lying, untruthful, dishonest, deceitful, false, dissembling, insincere, disingenuous, hypocritical, fraudulent, double dealing, two faced, two timing, duplicitous, perjured; untrue,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 mendacious — men•da•cious [[t]mɛnˈdeɪ ʃəs[/t]] adj. 1) telling lies, esp. habitually; dishonest 2) false or untrue: a mendacious report[/ex] • Etymology: 1610–20; < L mendāx; see acious men•da′cious•ly, adv. men•da′cious•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 mendacious — /mɛnˈdeɪʃəs / (say men dayshuhs) adjective 1. false or untrue: a mendacious report. 2. lying or untruthful. {mendaci(ty) + ous} –mendaciously, adverb –mendaciousness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 mendacious — adjective a) lying, untruthful or dishonest b) false or untrue …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 mendacious — Synonyms and related words: deceitful, dishonest, equivocal, equivocating, erroneous, fallacious, FALSE, fibbing, forsworn, knavish, lying, paltering, perjured, prevaricating, roguish, shifty, spurious, truthless, untruthful, unveracious, wrong …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 mendacious — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. lying, untrue, spurious; see false 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. dishonest, lying, false, deceptive, misleading, deceitful, fraudulent, untruthful, dissembling. ANT.: honest, truthful III (Roget s Thesaurus II)… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 mendacious — men|da|cious [ men deıʃəs ] adjective VERY FORMAL not telling the truth a. used about deliberately false statements, information, etc. ╾ men|da|cious|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English