243. Lies and Lying


See also 402. TRUTH and ERROR .

accismus
Rhetoric . an affected or false refusal.
autothaumaturgist
one who pretends to be notable or mysterious.
fabulist
a person who tells lies.
falsism
anything that is patently false or untrue.
hypocrisy
the condition of a person pretending to be something he is not, especially in the area of morals or religion; a false presentation of belief or feeling. — hypocrite , n . — hypocritic, hypocritical , adj .
mendacity
1. untruthfulness; the act or process of lying.
2. a lie or untruth. — mendacious , adj .
mountebankism
boastful and pretentious behavior; quackery or any actions typical of a mountebank. Also mountebankery .
mythomania
Psychiatry . an abnormal propensity to lie, exaggerate, or twist the truth.
mythophobia
an abnormal fear of making false statements.
perjury
deliberate or willful uttering of untruths when under oath in a court or similar tribunal. — perjurer , n . — perjurious , adj .
polygraph
a lie detecting device. — polygrapher, polygraphist , n . — polygraphic , adj .
pseudism
a lie.
pseudology
1. the act of lying, especially when humorously proposed as an art or system.
2. a pretended field of study. — pseudologer, pseudologist , n . — pseudological , adj .
pseudomancy
a form of divination that is deliberately false or misleading.
pseudomania Psychiatry .
1. pathological lying.
2. a false or pretended mental disorder.
quackery
1. false pretense to medical skill, knowledge, or qualification; medical charlatanry.
2. the actions or practice of a medical charlatan. — quack , n., adj .
quackism
1. the practice of quackery.
2. the behavior or actions of a quack.
Sinonism
an act of perfidy. [Allusion to Sinon, whose false tale persuaded the Trojans to allow the wooden horse within the walls of Troy.]

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