Learn English Words the Easy Way Series - Mendacious (adj)

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This series is particularly tailored for people learning English – English words particularly. Like many languages, English words can be broken down into parts; each part has its own meaning, contributing to the overall meaning of the word itself. Understanding how each word is put together with “parts” helps a learner remember English words easier.

mendacious - (adj)

Meaning:

Intentionally making (something) untrue; telling a lie.

In Part:

mend + a + cious

defect + a + [adj]

“Mendacious” and “Amend” share the same root – mend, which means defect. (Amend literally means “remove a defect”.

Literally, mendacious means “creating a defect”, which extends to mean making a false claim, or simply put, lying.

Examples:

  1. Mendacious child.

  2. Mendacious tale.

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