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)
Intentionally making (something) untrue; telling a lie.
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.
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