Definition of deceit
2 : an attempt or device to deceive : trick Her excuse turned out to be a deceit.
3 : the quality of being dishonest or misleading : the quality of being deceitful : deceitfulness … far from deceit or guile. — John Milton
Examples of deceit in a sentence
a rise to power that was marked by treachery and deceit
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 —see deceive
First Known Use: 14th century
DECEIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deceit for English Language Learners
: dishonest behavior : behavior that is meant to fool or trick someone
DECEIT Defined for Kids
Definition of deceit for Students
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 : a statement or act that is meant to fool or trick someone We saw through her deceit.
3 : the quality of being dishonest
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