Lies and Lying
See also truth and error.
Rhetoric. an affected or false refusal.
one who pretends to be notable or mysterious.
a person who tells lies.
anything that is patently false or untrue.
the condition of a person pretending to be something he is not, especially in the area of morals or religion; a false presentation of belief or feeling. —hypocrite, n. —hypocritic, hypocritical, adj.
1. untruthfulness; the act or process of lying.
2. a lie or untruth. —mendacious, adj.
boastful and pretentious behavior; quackery or any actions typical of a mountebank. Also mountebankery.
Psychiatry. an abnormal propensity to lie, exaggerate, or twist the truth.
an abnormal fear of making false statements.
deliberate or willful uttering of untruths when under oath in a court or similar tribunal. —perjurer, n. —perjurious, adj.
a lie detecting device. —polygrapher, polygraphist, n. —polygraphic, adj.
1. the act of lying, especially when humorously proposed as an art or system.
2. a pretended field of study. —pseudologer, pseudologist, n. —pseudological, adj.
a form of divination that is deliberately false or misleading.
1. pathological lying.
2. a false or pretended mental disorder.
1. false pretense to medical skill, knowledge, or qualification; medical charlatanry.
2. the actions or practice of a medical charlatan. —quack, n., adj.
1. the practice of quackery.
2. the behavior or actions of a quack.
an act of perfidy. [Allusion to Sinon, whose false tale persuaded the Trojans to allow the wooden horse within the walls of Troy.]