de·​ceit·​ful | \ di-ˈsēt-fəl How to pronounce deceitful (audio) \

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

Other Words from deceitful

deceitfully \ di-​ˈsēt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce deceitful (audio) \ adverb
deceitfulness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of deceitful in a Sentence

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 the deceitful salesman neglected to mention some important information about the used car
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First Known Use of deceitful

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deceitful

see deceit

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27 May 2022

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de·​ceit·​ful | \ di-ˈsēt-fəl How to pronounce deceitful (audio) \

Kids Definition of deceitful

: not honest : full of deceit deceitful advertising

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