Untrue, false; habitually telling lies, dishonest.
For the last week, I've been intimately involved with Jack Nicholson. He's both a charmer and a cliché. Passionate about truth in his art and a mendacious hypocrite in real life. Wildly generous, yet appallingly parsimonious. A pothead and a fine art collector. A priapic satyr and a romantic fool. I now have a singular insight into Nicholson. But I haven't a clue about the real man behind the joker's mask.
—Tara Ison Book Review of Five Easy Decades by Dennis McDougal Los Angeles Times, November 22, 2007