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Sep 6, 2016
This week’s theme
Misc. words

This week’s words
flagrant
mendacious
venal
feckless
veritable

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mendacious

PRONUNCIATION:
(men-DAY-shuhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Telling lies, especially as a habit.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin mendac-, stem of mendax (lying), from mendum (fault or defect) that also gave us amend, emend, and mendicant. Earliest documented use: 1616.

USAGE:
“Usually I only meet fishermen more flagrantly mendacious than anywhere else. But they’ve got bored with me because I always unhesitatingly go two pounds better than the biggest juggler of avoirdupois present.”
Compton Mackenzie; Sinister Street; Martin Secker; 1914.

See more usage examples of mendacious in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. -Robert M. Pirsig, author and philosopher (b. 6 Sep 1928)

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