duplicity


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du·plic·i·ty

 (do͞o-plĭs′ĭ-tē, dyo͞o-)
n. pl. du·plic·i·ties
1.
a. Deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
b. An instance of deliberate deceptiveness; double-dealing.
2. The quality or state of being twofold or double.

[Middle English duplicite, from Old French, from Late Latin duplicitās, doubleness, from Latin duplex, duplic-, twofold; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.]

duplicity

(djuːˈplɪsɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
deception; double-dealing
[C15: from Old French duplicite, from Late Latin duplicitās a being double, from Latin duplex]
duˈplicitous adj

du•plic•i•ty

(duˈplɪs ɪ ti, dyu-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. deceitfulness in speech or conduct; double-dealing.
2. a twofold or double state or quality.
[1400–50; late Middle English duplicite < Middle French < Medieval Latin, Late Latin duplicitās; see duplex, -ity]
syn: See deceit.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.duplicity - a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
2.duplicity - acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
dissimulation, deception, dissembling, deceit - the act of deceiving

duplicity

duplicity

noun
The act or practice of deceiving:
Translations

duplicity

[djuːˈplɪsɪtɪ] N (frm) → doblez f, duplicidad f

duplicity

[djuːˈplɪsɪti] n (= deceitfulness) → duplicité f, fausseté f

duplicity

nDoppelspiel nt

duplicity

[djuːˈplɪsɪtɪ] n (frm) → doppiezza, duplicità
References in classic literature ?
This trick did not suggest duplicity or secretiveness, but merely long habit, as with the horse.
He arose, and told his tale without duplicity or reservation.
In order to free his mind from this indistinctness and duplicity of impression, which vexed it with a strange disquietude, he recalled and more thoroughly defined the plans which Hester and himself had sketched for their departure.
I was a precocious actress in her eyes; she sincerely looked on me as a compound of virulent passions, mean spirit, and dangerous duplicity.
said the old gentleman, with the most transparent duplicity.
That was a feeble evasion, but Godfrey was not fond of lying, and, not being sufficiently aware that no sort of duplicity can long flourish without the help of vocal falsehoods, he was quite unprepared with invented motives.
He did not know, to be sure, that I had overheard his council from the apple barrel, and yet I had by this time taken such a horror of his cruelty, duplicity, and power that I could scarce conceal a shudder when he laid his hand upon my arm.
The man flushed at the thought of his duplicity which these recollections aroused-- thoughts which were interrupted by The Sheik, who instructed the Hon.
Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures; and that when I reached years of reflection, and began to look round me and take stock of my progress and position in the world, I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of me.
Forth trundled the cab into the Christmas streets, the fare within plunged in the blackness of a despair that neighboured on unconsciousness, the driver on the box digesting his rebuke and his customer's duplicity.
Frankly and loyally," repeated Milady, with an unspeakable expression of duplicity.
If I were not afraid of judging harshly, I should be almost tempted to say that there is a strong appearance of duplicity in all this.