noun, plural du·plic·i·ties for 2, 3.
Origin of duplicity
—“The Duplicity of Hargraves”: A short story by O. Henry, first published in 1902.
— Duplicity: A 2009 spy flick starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen.
- "Here duplicity passes for wit, and frankness is looked upon as folly."-Madame Elizabeth-Charlotte of Bavaria, Duchess d’Orléans Memoirs of the Court of Louis XIV and of the Regency (1899)
- "[W]hen he saw that he had been tricked, he lost patience at the duplicity of the Florentines, and broke the peace with them."-Werner L. Gundersheimer The Italian Renaissance (1965)
- "[I]n doing so he would have left the count open to the objection of duplicity, or double pleading, in setting up two distinct and separate transactions."-trial transcription publ. by J. S. Voorhies Trail of Charles B. Huntington for Forgery: Principal Defense: Insanity (1857)
Examples from the Web for duplicity
But for a man who delighted in exposing hypocrisies, his relationship to Communism was riddled with duplicity.
It even escalates the discomfort and duplicity by magnitudes.The Real Story and Lesson of the Abscam Sting in ‘American Hustle’|Jimmy So|December 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Palestinians and their sympathizers can point out the unscrupulous dishonesty and duplicity of the Israeli occupiers.Acclaimed Israeli Film 'Bethlehem' Brings the Occupation Back Into Our Homes|Daniel Gavron|October 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Duplicity likewise covered Pakistan's Afghan policy from the start.David's Book Club: Pakistan, Between Mosque and Military|David Frum|April 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Decades of mistrust and duplicity on both sides are coming to the surface.America's Pakistan Mess Gets Worse With Alleged NATO Strike|Bruce Riedel|November 27, 2011|DAILY BEAST
He was enraged at her blindness to Pete Cheever's duplicity or her complacency with it.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
But the dog, occupying a limbo between his natural instincts and his acquired conscience, must always be a master of duplicity.Prairie Gold|Various
Duplicity—the refuge of the weak and the cowardly, but of the disarmed, too!Victory|Joseph Conrad
For my own part, I look upon the Neapolitans as the worst of intriguing enemies: every hour shows me their infamy and duplicity.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson|Robert Southey
The government of China is one of fear; and it has produced the usual effects,—duplicity and meanness.Foot-prints of a letter carrier|James Rees
British Dictionary definitions for duplicity
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for duplicity
Word Origin and History for duplicity
early 15c., from Old French duplicite (13c.), from Late Latin duplicitatem (nominative duplicitas) "doubleness," in Medieval Latin "ambiguity," noun of quality from duplex (genitive duplicis) "twofold." The notion is of being "double" in one's conduct (cf. Greek diploos "treacherous, double-minded," literally "twofold, double").