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[dih-seet-fuh l] /dɪˈsit fəl/
given to deceiving:
A deceitful person cannot keep friends for long.
intended to deceive; misleading; fraudulent:
a deceitful action.
Origin of deceitful
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at deceit, -ful
Related forms
deceitfully, adverb
deceitfulness, noun
undeceitful, adjective
1. insincere, disingenuous, false, hollow, designing, tricky, wily. 2. illusory, fallacious.
1. honest. 2. genuine. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for deceitfulness
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  • But Sapphira was "hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."

  • I thought I was a child of God, but the deceitfulness of riches has choked the word.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • “I call it deceitfulness, Thekla,” said her mother decidedly.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • You're full of deceitfulness' (here she kissed him between the eyes and set him down).

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • We have a sad illustration of the deceitfulness of sin in the response of the bride.

    Union And Communion J. Hudson Taylor
  • This is what comes of deceitfulness and keeping things from your husband.

  • She arrived, inveighing against the deceitfulness of the human race.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • The vanity of the world, and deceitfulness of all earthly things.

  • All these are illustrations of Jesuss teaching about the deceitfulness of riches.

    The Bible and Life Edwin Holt Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for deceitfulness


full of deceit
Derived Forms
deceitfully, adverb
deceitfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deceitfulness



mid-15c., from deceit + -ful. Related: Deceitfully; deceitfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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