deceit

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noun de·ceit \ di-ˈsēt \

Definition of deceit

1 :the act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid :the act or practice of deceiving :deception
  • achieving one's goals through a web 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

  1. a rise to power that was marked by treachery and deceit

  2. she's completely free of deceit

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Origin and Etymology of deceit

Middle English deceite, from Anglo-French, from Latin decepta, feminine of deceptus, past participle of decipere — see deceive


DECEIT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of deceit for English Language Learners

  • : dishonest behavior : behavior that is meant to fool or trick someone


DECEIT Defined for Kids

deceit

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noun de·ceit \ di-ˈsēt \

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

Law Dictionary

deceit

noun de·ceit

legal Definition of deceit

:deliberate and misleading concealment, false declaration, or artifice :deception
  • theft by deceit
; also :the tort of committing or carrying out deceit
  • an action for deceit
— see also fraud, misrepresentation


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