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de·ceit

 (dĭ-sēt′)
n.
1. The act or practice of deceiving; deception.
2. A stratagem; a trick.
3. The quality of being deceitful; falseness.

[Middle English deceite, from Old French, from past participle of deceveir, to deceive; see deceive.]

deceit

(dɪˈsiːt)
n
1. the act or practice of deceiving
2. a statement, act, or device intended to mislead; fraud; trick
3. a tendency to deceive
[C13: from Old French deceite, from deceivre to deceive]

de•ceit

(dɪˈsit)

n.
1. the act or practice of deceiving.
2. a stratagem intended to deceive.
3. the quality of being deceitful; duplicity.
[1225–75; deceite < Old French, n. use of feminine of deceit, past participle of deceivre to deceive]
syn: deceit, guile, duplicity, fraud refer either to practices designed to mislead or to the qualities in a person that prompt such behavior. deceit is intentional concealment or misrepresentation of the truth: Consumers are often victims of deceit. guile is cunning deceit; it suggests subtle but treacherous tactics: He used guile to gain access to the documents. duplicity is doing the opposite of what one says or pretends to do; it suggests hypocrisy or pretense: the duplicity of a friend who does not keep a secret. fraud refers to deceit or trickery by which one may derive benefit at another's expense; it often suggests illegal or dishonest practices: an advertiser convicted of fraud.

Deceit

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deceit - the quality of being fraudulentdeceit - the quality of being fraudulent  
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest
2.deceit - a misleading falsehooddeceit - a misleading falsehood    
bill of goods - communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable; "they tried to sell me a bill of goods about a secondhand car"
humbug, snake oil - communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive
falsehood, untruth, falsity - a false statement
half-truth - a partially true statement intended to deceive or mislead
window dressing, facade - a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
overstatement, exaggeration, magnification - making to seem more important than it really is
snow job - a long and elaborate misrepresentation
dissembling, feigning, pretense, pretence - pretending with intention to deceive
subterfuge, blind - something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity; "he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge"; "the holding company was just a blind"
hanky panky, hocus-pocus, jiggery-pokery, skulduggery, skullduggery, slickness, trickery - verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
duplicity, fraudulence - a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
equivocation, evasion - a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
3.deceit - the act of deceiving
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts
fakery - the act of faking (or the product of faking)
indirection - deceitful action that is not straightforward; "he could see through the indirections of diplomats"
chicanery, wile, shenanigan, trickery, guile, chicane - the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
double-dealing, duplicity - acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
cheating, cheat - a deception for profit to yourself
head game, illusion, delusion - the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
pretending, pretense, feigning, simulation, pretence - the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending"
imposture, impersonation - pretending to be another person
obscurantism - a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
four flush, bluff - the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
take-in - the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone

deceit

deceit

noun
The act or practice of deceiving:
Translations
خُدْعَه، خِداع
podvod
bedrageri
harhautushuijaushuiputuspetospetosyritys
svik
apgaulingumasklastingailinkęs meluotimelagingaimelagingumas
krāpšanamaldināšana
prevara

deceit

[dɪˈsiːt] N (= misleading) → engaño m; (= fraud) → fraude m; (= deceitfulness) → falsedad f
he was involved in a web of lies and deceitestaba metido en una maraña de mentiras y engaños
they won the voters over by deceitconquistaron a los votantes engañándolos or mediante engaños

deceit

[dɪˈsiːt] n (= deception) → tromperie f
I acquired the habit of deceit, of lying
BUT Je pris l'habitude de tromper, de mentir.

deceit

nBetrug m no pl, → Täuschung f; these unending deceitsdiese endlosen Täuschungsmanöver; a character full of deceitein durch und durch falscher Charakter

deceit

[dɪˈsiːt] n (quality) → disonestà; (action) → inganno, truffa

deceit

(diˈsiːt) noun
(an act of) deceiving. She was too honest to be capable of deceit.
deˈceitful adjective
deceiving or insincere. She's such a deceitful child!
deˈceitfully adverb
deˈceitfulness noun

deceit is spelt with -ei-.
References in classic literature ?
There he sat, his very indifference speaking a nature in which there lurked no civilized hypocrisies and bland deceits.
In spite of the entreaties of these artists, Mademoiselle Cormon refused to employ the airy deceits of elegance; she chose to be substantial in all things, flesh and feathers.
Alexander the Sixth did nothing else but deceive men, nor ever thought of doing otherwise, and he always found victims; for there never was a man who had greater power in asserting, or who with greater oaths would affirm a thing, yet would observe it less; nevertheless his deceits always succeeded according to his wishes,[*] because he well understood this side of mankind.
To the horror of her affectionate spouse, she was stripped of her garments, and given to understand that she could no longer carry on her deceits with impunity.
Quite analogous to the deceits in life, there is, as might be expected, a similar effect on the eye from the face of external nature.
He saw too clearly the little vices and deceits and flaws of life, and, seeing them, it seemed to him honest to take notice of them.
And there was more that passed through her mind--sensations of tiredness and loneliness; trampling squadrons and shadowy armies of vague feelings and vaguer prompting; and deeper and dimmer whisperings and echoings, the flutterings of forgotten generations crystallized into being and fluttering anew and always, undreamed and unguessed, subtle and potent, the spirit and essence of life that under a thousand deceits and masks forever makes for life.
I recollect, on both occasions of our passing that ill- fated Cairo on the Mississippi, remarking on the bad effects such gross deceits must have when they exploded, in generating a want of confidence abroad, and discouraging foreign investment: but I was given to understand that this was a very smart scheme by which a deal of money had been made: and that its smartest feature was, that they forgot these things abroad, in a very short time, and speculated again, as freely as ever.
My only becoming occupations is to help young flaunting pagins to brush and comb and titiwate theirselves into whitening and suppulchres, and leave the young men to think that there an't a bit of padding in it nor no pinching ins nor fillings out nor pomatums nor deceits nor earthly wanities--an't it, miss