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What does duplicitous mean?
Duplicitous is used to describe someone who intentionally misleads people, especially by saying different things to different people or acting in different ways at different times.
People who are liars are duplicitous. The word is based on the idea of presenting two or more different versions of oneself or of a situation. Fittingly, duplicitous people are often accused of being two-faced or of “speaking out of both sides of their mouth.” This typically means that they say different things to different people (in other words, they lie) in order to serve their agenda.
Less commonly, duplicitous can describe something that has two elements or parts. This sense of duplicitous does not have the same negative implication as the primary sense of the word.
Example: I’ve never met someone more duplicitous—he says one thing and then turns around and says the complete opposite, barely trying to conceal the lie.
Where does duplicitous come from?
The first records of the word duplicitous come from the late 1800s in a legal context. The first records of its general sense come from the mid-1900s. It ultimately comes from the Late Latin word duplicitās, meaning “doubleness.” The beginning part du- means “two” and is the basis of words like duo, duplex, and duplicate.
When you call someone duplicitous, it most commonly means they are two-faced. It’s often used to describe someone who is intentionally trying to give different impressions to different people. One impression can be true and one a lie, or they can both be lies, but in any case the result is something that is not the full truth.
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What are some other forms related to duplicitous?
- duplicitously (adverb)
- duplicitousness (noun)
- duplicity (noun)
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How is duplicitous used in real life?
Duplicitous is somewhat formal. It is often used to describe people intentionally trying to mislead others—or the actions of such people.
Also, I have no time for people who are duplicitous. I catch lies. I know when things don't add up. You lie to me? You're done.
— Veronica needs a break from her kids (@veronicayes68) June 20, 2015
The Cabinet reschuffle in summary:
A bunch of duplicitous politicians are replaced by another bunch of duplicitous politicians. As you were folks.#reshuffle
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) February 13, 2020
Benevolence is hard to find especially in people who are duplicitous. #leadfromwithin
— Michael Proust (@MikePerse) March 31, 2014
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How to use duplicitous in a sentence
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If you think Iran is duplicitous about its nuclear weapons program, just wait till you hear its deception on human rights.Iran’s Foreign Minister Loves Facebook Despite Banning It at Home|David Keyes|October 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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This season, without such a duplicitous person, they invented one.‘Bachelor’ Finale: Ben Flajnik, Courtney Robertson & a Terrible Season|Andy Dehnart|March 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Is Exner a duplicitous seductress or an innocent girl caught up in the wrong crowd?
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