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duplicity

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noun du·plic·i·ty \du̇-ˈpli-sə-tē also dyu̇-\

Simple Definition of duplicity

  • : dishonest behavior that is meant to trick someone

Full Definition of duplicity

plural du·plic·i·ties

  1. 1 :  contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action; especially :  the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or action

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being double or twofold

  3. 3 :  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>



Origin of duplicity

Middle English duplicite, from Middle French, from Late Latin duplicitat-, duplicitas, from Latin duplex


First Known Use: 15th century



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