deceit

[ dih-seet ]
/ dɪˈsit /

noun

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

Related forms

non·de·ceit, noun

Synonym study

1, 3. See duplicity
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deceit

/ (dɪˈsiːt) /

noun

the act or practice of deceiving
a statement, act, or device intended to mislead; fraud; trick
a tendency to deceive

Word Origin for deceit

C13: from Old French deceite, from deceivre to deceive
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