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
Pardon our French, but the new term in American politics might very well be Trump L’oeil — that is, the unartful deceits of the president, his sons, his staff and his apologists.
Mitch McConnell enjoyed great success with his strategy of deceit and cynicism during the Obama years.
No wonder that the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations had few answers to North Korea’s serial lying and deceit about its nuclear intentions.
Lying is part of being human, as National Geographic said in a cover story about the origins of human deceit and its adaptations.
The facts unambiguously point to defendants’ deceit, self-dealing and fraud, which demand to be exposed.
Indeed, this year's Shakespeare in the Park production, produced by the New York's Public Theater, puts a present-day twist on the ancient tale of power, deceit and rebellion: The backdrop includes American icons and images of past presidents.
Ultimately, despite all their layers of drama and deceit, the characters' lives still at least vaguely resembled those of the series' viewers.
In the last instance, Philby is driven by the incurable drug of deceit itself.
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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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