[ dih-seet ]
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  1. the act or practice of deceiving; concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; duplicity; fraud; cheating: Once she exposed their deceit, no one ever trusted them again.

  2. an act or device intended to deceive; trick; stratagem.

  1. the quality of being deceitful; duplicity; falseness: a man full of deceit.

Origin of deceit

1225–75; Middle English deceite<Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of feminine of deceit, past participle of deceivre to deceive

synonym study For deceit

1, 3. See duplicity

Other words for deceit

Opposites for deceit

Other words from deceit

  • non·de·ceit, noun

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How to use deceit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for deceit


/ (dɪˈsiːt) /

  1. the act or practice of deceiving

  2. a statement, act, or device intended to mislead; fraud; trick

  1. a tendency to deceive

Origin of deceit

C13: from Old French deceite, from deceivre to deceive

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