The Closing Word: Mendacity

The Closing Word: MendacityThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (men-DASS-uh-tee)

the tendency to be untruthful

From “Mendacity comes from the Latin root word mendacium, or “lie.” Don’t confuse mendacity with a similar-sounding word, audacity — which means “fearlessness, daring, or bravery.”

“A reputation for mendacity is fatal if an agent wishes to enjoy a long, prosperous career in our small town.”


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