deceit

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noun de·ceit \di-ˈsēt\

Definition of deceit

  1. 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. 2 :  an attempt or device to deceive :  trick <Her excuse turned out to be a deceit.>

  3. 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>

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

deceit

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noun de·ceit \di-ˈsēt\

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. 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. 2 :  a statement or act that is meant to fool or trick someone <We saw through her deceit.>

  3. 3 :  the quality of being dishonest


Law Dictionary

deceit

noun de·ceit

Legal Definition of deceit

  1. :  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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