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  • She described it as malicious, fallacious, and mendacious.
  • There was method to her mendacity.
  • Patience is no doubt a wonderful virtue, but mendacity has its advantages as well.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • HIGGINS [shocked at girl’s mendacity] Liar.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion

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  • The mendacious captain was perfectly well aware that an affair of honor always makes a man stand well in the eyes of a woman.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Unusual polysyllables of foreign origin she interpreted phonetically or by false analogy or by both: metempsychosis (met him pike hoses), alias (a mendacious person mentioned in sacred scripture).
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Yes—what the mendacious family chronicles call extinct in the male line—that is, gone down—gone under.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • With a lot of motion to it, telling everybody who he was and where he had been, in a tone and manner that was the essence of the man himself, that carried within itself its own confounding and mendacity.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • …of the liberal innovations in his fatherland—now that he seemed to possess the utmost power and therefore to have the possibility of bringing about the welfare of his peoples—at the time when Napoleon in exile was drawing up childish and mendacious plans of how he would have made mankind happy had he retained power—Alexander I, having fulfilled his mission and feeling the hand of God upon him, suddenly recognizes the insignificance of that supposed power, turns away from it, and gives…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She glowed; remembering the mendacity of the imagination, she flagged; then she freshened; then she fired; then she cooled again.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native

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  • If divorce had presented itself as the dastardly antithesis of all this, it could easily have been cast onto the other pan of the scales, along with betrayal, illness, thieving, assault and mendacity.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • I never try to pretend I’m a day less than forty-three,’ she continued with slightly mendacious candour, ’but a lot of people find it hard to believe.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • In vain, however, did Swann expound to her thus all the reasons that she had for not lying; they might have succeeded in overthrowing any universal system of mendacity, but Odette had no such system; she contented herself, merely, whenever she wished Swann to remain in ignorance of anything that she had done, with not telling him of it.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • …attempts to arouse him as indifferently as a gentleman in our own state of society regards the vituperative terms of a blackguard: the one party feeling that the tongue of an old woman could never injure a warrior, and the other knowing that mendacity and vulgarity can only permanently affect those who resort to their use; but he was spared any further attack at present, by the interposition of Rivenoak, who shoved aside the hag, bidding her quit the spot, and prepared to take his seat…
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • I get carried away in an ecstasy of mendacity.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Mildred had become great friends with her and had given her an elaborate but mendacious account of the circumstances which had brought her to the pass she was in.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I compliment him on his splendid mendacity, in which he is unsupported, save by a little plea in a theatrical paper which is innocent enough to think that ten guineas a year with board and lodging is an impossibly low wage for a barmaid.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • It also accounts for his mendacity and dishonesty.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • And as she always returned safe and sound, he marvelled at the strength, at the suppleness of the human body, which was able continually to hold in check, to outwit all the perils that environed it (which to Swann seemed innumerable, since his own secret desire had strewn them in her path), and so allowed its occupant, the soul, to abandon itself, day after day, and almost with impunity, to its career of mendacity, to the pursuit of pleasure.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • a mendacious child
  • a mendacious statement
  • The mendacious captain was perfectly well aware that an affair of honor always makes a man stand well in the eyes of a woman.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • " answered I, "that is a kind of state, and indeed the most mendacious.
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • Yes—what the mendacious family chronicles call extinct in the male line—that is, gone down—gone under.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • The lass was an hysteric who soon accused another negro boy of the same offense, only to have her story proved to be a falsehood—after which she broke down and confessed that her accusation against Artiste had also been mendacious.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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