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deceitful

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adjective de·ceit·ful \-fəl\

Simple Definition of deceitful

  • : not honest : making or trying to make someone believe something that is not true

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deceitful

  1. :  having a tendency or disposition to deceive: a :  not honest <a deceitful child> b :  deceptive, misleading <deceitful advertising>

deceitfully play \-fə-lē\ adverb
deceitfulness noun

Examples of deceitful in a sentence

  1. <charged the store owner with such deceitful practices as inflating the list prices for items only so he could put them on sale at drastically reduced prices>

  2. <the deceitful salesman neglected to mention some important information about the used car>



15th Century

First Known Use of deceitful

15th century

Synonym Discussion of deceitful

dishonest, deceitful, mendacious, untruthful mean unworthy of trust or belief. dishonest implies a willful perversion of truth in order to deceive, cheat, or defraud <a swindle usually involves two dishonest people>. deceitful usually implies an intent to mislead and commonly suggests a false appearance or double-dealing <the secret affairs of a deceitful spouse>. mendacious may suggest bland or even harmlessly mischievous deceit and when used of people often suggests a habit of telling untruths <mendacious tales of adventure>. untruthful stresses a discrepancy between what is said and fact or reality <an untruthful account of their actions>.

DECEITFUL Defined for Kids

deceitful

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adjective de·ceit·ful \di-ˈsēt-fəl\

Definition of deceitful for Students

  1. :  not honest :  full of deceit <deceitful advertising>





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