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A.Word.A.Day--mendacious

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mendacious (men-DAY-shuhs) adjective

Telling lies, especially as a habit.

[From Latin mendac-, stem of mendax (lying), from mendum (fault or defect) that also gave us amend, emend, and mendicant.]

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

From The Devil's Dictionary: Mendacious, adj. Addicted to rhetoric.

"Forget Disney's cartoon tale of the mendacious marionette whose doweled nose grows longer with every fib." Roger McBain; Ballet Helps 'Pinocchio' Step Out In New Direction; Evansville Courier & Press (Indiana); May 11, 2005.

This week's theme: words from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce.

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