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Origin of deceit
Examples from the Web for deceit
“I was truly appalled by the realization of the deceit involved,” Bradlee wrote.The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy|Will Rahn|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just like a Law & Order episode, the Mississippi Senate race has featured felonies, courtroom drama, lies, and deceit.
For years now, deceit has been an institutional norm in facilities across the VA.
He lines his pockets when opportunities arise, and gets ahead of domestic rivals by craft and deceit.‘300’ Is a Misleading, Muscle-Bound Travesty of Ancient History|James Romm|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But these two pillars of support for lethal injection have always been based on a form of deceit.What Happens to the Death Penalty When Lethal Injection Isn’t Quick and Painless?|Andrew Cohen|January 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no deceit.Westminster Sermons|Charles Kingsley
In the worst form, this appears as deceit; in the best, as tact.Practical Suggestions for Mother and Housewife|Marion Mills Miller
Suspicion and deceit would undermine the greatest love that ever existed.The Free Range|Francis William Sullivan
What could they have expected from Malvina's child but deceit, folly and disgrace?The Ordeal of Elizabeth|Elizabeth Von Arnim
He has learnt nothing from it except a habit of evading it by deceit.Fanny's First Play|George Bernard Shaw
Word Origin for deceit
c.1300, from Old French deceite, fem. past participle of deceveir (see deceive).
Deceit is a shorter and more energetic word for deceitfulness, indicating the quality; it is also, but more rarely, used to express the act or manner of deceiving. The reverse is true of deception, which is properly the act or course by which one deceives, and not properly the quality; it may express the state of being deceived. Fraud is an act or series of acts of deceit by which one attempts to benefit himself at the expense of others. It is generally a breaking of the law; the others are not. [entry for "deceit" in "The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia," 1902]