deceitful

adjective de·ceit·ful \ -fəl \

Definition of deceitful

: having a tendency or disposition to deceive or give false impressions:
a : not honest
  • a deceitful child
  • left her deceitful husband
b : deceptive, misleading
  • deceitful advertising

deceitfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

deceitfulness

noun

Examples of deceitful in a Sentence

  1. charged the store owner with such deceitful practices as inflating the list prices for items only so he could put them on sale at drastically reduced prices

  2. the deceitful salesman neglected to mention some important information about the used car

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Origin and Etymology of deceitful

see deceit

Synonym Discussion of deceitful

dishonest, deceitful, mendacious, untruthful mean unworthy of trust or belief. dishonest implies a willful perversion of truth in order to deceive, cheat, or defraud.
    • a swindle usually involves two dishonest people
deceitful usually implies an intent to mislead and commonly suggests a false appearance or double-dealing.
    • the secret affairs of a deceitful spouse
mendacious may suggest bland or even harmlessly mischievous deceit and when used of people often suggests a habit of telling untruths.
    • mendacious tales of adventure
untruthful stresses a discrepancy between what is said and fact or reality.
    • an untruthful account of their actions

DECEITFUL Defined for English Language Learners

deceitful

adjective

Definition of deceitful for English Language Learners

  • : not honest : making or trying to make someone believe something that is not true


DECEITFUL Defined for Kids

deceitful

adjective de·ceit·ful \ di-ˈsēt-fəl \

Definition of deceitful for Students

: not honest : full of deceit
  • deceitful advertising


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