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deceitful

[dih-seet-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. given to deceiving: A deceitful person cannot keep friends for long.
  2. intended to deceive; misleading; fraudulent: a deceitful action.

Origin of deceitful

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at deceit, -ful
Related formsde·ceit·ful·ly, adverbde·ceit·ful·ness, nounun·de·ceit·ful, adjective

Synonyms

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1. insincere, disingenuous, false, hollow, designing, tricky, wily. 2. illusory, fallacious.

Antonyms

1. honest. 2. genuine.
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Examples from the Web for deceitfulness

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Historical Examples

  • 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).

  • We have a sad illustration of the deceitfulness of sin in the response of the bride.

    Union And Communion

    J. Hudson Taylor


British Dictionary definitions for deceitfulness

deceitful

adjective
  1. full of deceit
Derived Formsdeceitfully, adverbdeceitfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for deceitfulness

deceitful

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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