Origin of mendaciousfrom Classical Latin mendax (gen. mendacis) from Indo-European base an unverified form mend-, a flaw from source Classical Latin emendare, emend
An example of mendacious used as an adjective is a mendacious person, a dishonest person.
- Lying; untruthful: a mendacious child.
- False; untrue: a mendacious statement. See Synonyms at dishonest.
Origin of mendaciousFrom Latin mendācium lie from mendāx mendāc- mendacious
(comparative more mendacious, superlative most mendacious)
From Middle French mendacieux, from Latin mendÄcium (“lie, untruth"), from mendÄx (“lying").
- In no case is the evidence of the senses fallacious or mendacious; the fallacy is in the inference.
- Spite, resentment at being passed over when Peel formed the 1841 government, is one explanation of these outbreaks, and a letter to Peel, lately published, is proof to many minds that Disraeli's denial to Peel's face in 1846 that he had ever solicited office was daringly mendacious.
- In the parliament which met on the 12th of February 1376, Lord Latimer and Alice Perrers, the king's mistress, a lady of good birth, and not (as the mendacious St Albans chronicler alleged) the ugly but persuasive daughter of a tiler, were impeached, and Wykeham took a leading part against Latimer, even to the extent of opposing his being allowed counsel.