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
Recent Examples of deceit from the Web
In the last instance, Philby is driven by the incurable drug of deceit itself.
But the extent of his (and eventually his family’s) deceit was only revealed in 2012.
Politics at all levels requires smooth, charismatic deceit.
Initial resistance may be interpreted as involuntariness, and misleading a defendant as to the quality of the evidence against him may appear to be unfair deceit.
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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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