(n.) = lie ; fabrication ; mendacity ; fib ; fibbing ; untruth ; false pretence ; deceptiveness ; porky. Ex: Just because the facts don't support his views, he threatens, slanders, lies, obfuscates and charges 'lies, hypocrisy and cruelty'. Ex: The author looks at fabrication, falsification and plagiarism in scientific research. Ex: In light of his ongoing record of mendacity, it is puzzling why anyone would continue to take him seriously. Ex: Democracy's most acute failures tend to result from power brokers who tell big fibs about the distribution of power. Ex: When it comes to fibbing, women are far ahead of their male counterparts, a new survey has revealed. Ex: Untruth brings about ill reputation and indignity. Ex: That is what he does now, only now there is a lot of palaver and humbug and pretense of deliberation, which the bill proposes to continue, but which everybody can see would be a false pretense. Ex: In some cases, public figures are famous because of their lies; in other cases, their renown obscures the universality of deceptiveness. Ex: Why would he make up such porkies in order to make me look like some dangerous boy racer who deserved to get knocked off his bike?. ---- * aunque parezca mentira = amazingly enough ; believe it or not ; incredibly ; incredible though it may seem ; incredibly enough ; incredible as it may seem ; strange though it may seem ; strange as it may seem ; although it may seem strange ; although it may seem incredible. * contar una mentira = tell + a lie ; tell + a porky. * decir una mentira = tell + a lie ; tell + a porky. * de mentira = make-believe. * detector de mentiras = polygraph ; lie detector. * difundir mentiras = spread + lies. * gran mentira = big fat lie. * la mentira = lying. * maraña de mentiras = web of lies ; web of deception. * mentira descarada = blatant lie ; bare-faced lie. * mentira histórica = historical fabrication. * mentira inocente = white lie. * mentira (muy) gorda = big fat lie. * mentira piadosa = white lie ; civil lie. * por muy mentira que parezca = incredibly ; incredible though it may seem ; strangely enough ; incredibly enough ; incredible as it may seem ; strange though it may seem ; strange as it may seem ; although it may seem strange ; although it may seem incredible. * propagar mentiras = spread + lies. * trama de mentiras = tissue of lies. * una sarta de mentiras = a sackful of lies ; a pack of lies. * vivir una mentira = live + a lie. (v.) = lie ; fib. Ex: He accused her of lying when they said she was at the movies when she had called in sick. Ex: She also fibbed about the place the wedding took place - citing a country town when they were married in a city registry office. ---- * el mentir = lying. * ¡En qué lío cada vez más complicado nos metemos al mentir! = O what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!. * mentir como un bellaco = lie through + Posesivo + teeth ; lie + straight-faced. * mentir descaradamente = lie through + Posesivo + teeth.