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noun de·ceit \di-ˈsēt\

Simple Definition of deceit

  • : dishonest behavior : behavior that is meant to fool or trick someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deceit

  1. 1 :  the act or practice of deceiving :  deception

  2. 2 :  an attempt or device to deceive :  trick

  3. 3 :  the quality of being deceitful :  deceitfulness

Examples of deceit in a sentence

  1. <a rise to power that was marked by treachery and deceit>

  2. <she's completely free of deceit>

Origin and Etymology of deceit

Middle English deceite, from Anglo-French, from Latin decepta, feminine of deceptus, past participle of decipere

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with deceit

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DECEIT Defined for Kids


noun de·ceit \di-ˈsēt\

Definition of deceit for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or practice of making someone believe something that is not true :  deception <The villain used deceit to further his evil plan.>

  2. 2 :  a statement or act that is meant to fool or trick someone <We saw through her deceit.>

  3. 3 :  the quality of being dishonest

Law Dictionary


noun de·ceit

Legal Definition of deceit

  1. :  deliberate and misleading concealment, false declaration, or artifice :  deception <theft by deceit>; also :  the tort of committing or carrying out deceit <an action for deceit> — see also fraud, misrepresentation

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