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—“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.
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What does duplicity mean?
Duplicity is the practice of intentionally misleading people, especially by saying different things to different people or acting in different ways at different times.
Duplicity can also refer to the quality of someone or something that misleads in this way or to an instance of deception.
People who are liars engage in duplicity. The word is based on the idea of presenting two or more different versions of oneself or of a situation. Fittingly, people who use duplicity 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.
In a legal context, duplicity is used in a more specific way to refer to the inclusion of two offenses in one charge, which in many places is a violation of the legal process (in which each offense should be counted separately).
Less commonly, duplicity can refer to the state or quality of having two elements or parts. This sense of duplicity does not have the same negative implication as the primary sense of the word.
The adjective form of duplicity is duplicitous.
Example: There is clearly no shame in his duplicity—he says one thing and then turns around and says the complete opposite, barely trying to conceal the lie.
Where does duplicity come from?
The first records of the word duplicity come from the 1400s. It 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.
Duplicity most commonly refers to a kind of two-facedness. It’s often used to refer to what someone is engaging in when they intentionally 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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- duplicitous (adjective)
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How is duplicity used in real life?
Duplicity is somewhat formal. It is usually used negatively, often in the context of people intentionally trying to mislead people by saying different things at different times, such as in politics.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) May 5, 2017
This kind of duplicity is as predictable as a sunrise. And this is from a relatively responsible newspaper owner. Don't assume the large corporate chop shops will be any better. https://t.co/pn9354yZE4
— Nate Monroe (@NateMonroeTU) August 30, 2018
“Up until the mid-1970s, we really felt that we were still living under the guise of a single, absolute, created society—where there were known truths and known lies and there was no kind of duplicity or pluralism about the things we believed in.” – David Bowie, in 1999 #LikeWar pic.twitter.com/L6jmjxZasz
— Nils Gilman (@nils_gilman) October 8, 2018
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The devil may be the ultimate trickster, but for pure duplicity, he’s got nothing on them.The Real-Life ‘Demonic’ Murder That Inspired ‘The Conjuring’|Nick Schager|June 11, 2021|The Daily Beast
Is behind-the-scenes duplicity, cloaked in coming-of-age business dilemma, the new norm for major-label moves?Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple|Dale Eisinger|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But for a man who delighted in exposing hypocrisies, his relationship to Communism was riddled with duplicity.
His spineless duplicity confirms that the good guy is actually pretty much a louse.Bravo’s ‘Online Dating Rituals’ Reveals American Males Are Creepy and Want Sex|Emily Shire|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
The seed of discontent was again germinating under the duplicity of the Spanish lay and clerical authorities.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
This may be what Fordun has in view when he says that the duplicity of the English was at length laid bare.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
Also, it has some of the elements of modern international diplomacy in its double-talk and duplicity.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
He was not used to treading the quicksands of duplicity, and he felt himself sinking.Quin|Alice Hegan Rice
She could not condemn him for that, any more than she could forget her father's duplicity.Hidden Gold|Wilder Anthony