noun du·plic·i·ty \d-ˈpli-sə-tē also dy-\

: dishonest behavior that is meant to trick someone

plural du·plic·i·ties

Full Definition of DUPLICITY

:  contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action; especially :  the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or action
:  the quality or state of being double or twofold
:  the technically incorrect use of two or more distinct items (as claims, charges, or defenses) in a single legal action

Examples of DUPLICITY

  1. He exposed the spy's duplicity.
  2. <we were lucky not to be taken in by his duplicity>


Middle English duplicite, from Middle French, from Late Latin duplicitat-, duplicitas, from Latin duplex
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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