adjective de·ceit·ful \-fəl\

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

Full Definition of DECEITFUL

:  having a tendency or disposition to deceive:
a :  not honest <a deceitful child>
b :  deceptive, misleading <deceitful advertising>
de·ceit·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
de·ceit·ful·ness noun

Examples of DECEITFUL

  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>

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>.
DECEITFULNESS Defined for Kids


adjective de·ceit·ful \di-ˈsēt-fəl\

Definition of DECEITFUL for Kids

:  not honest :  full of deceit <deceitful advertising>


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