deceitful

[ dih-seet-fuhl ]
/ dɪˈsit fəl /

adjective

given to deceiving: A deceitful person cannot keep friends for long.
intended to deceive; misleading; fraudulent: a deceitful action.

Nearby words

  1. decease,
  2. deceased,
  3. decedent,
  4. decedent estate,
  5. deceit,
  6. deceivable,
  7. deceive,
  8. decelerate,
  9. deceleration,
  10. decelerometer

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

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British Dictionary definitions for deceitful

deceitful

/ (dɪˈsiːtfʊl) /

adjective

full of deceit
Derived Formsdeceitfully, adverbdeceitfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for deceitful

deceitful

adj.

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

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