deceitful

adjective
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

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Other Words from deceitful

deceitfully \ di-​ˈsēt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce deceitfully (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
Recent Examples on the Web The deceitful tactic was called out by The Seattle Times. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Fox News publishes digitally altered and misleading images of Seattle demonstrations," 13 June 2020 The Islamic Republic long has been deceitful about its nuclear ambitions, but for years the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has given the regime cover in public. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Iran’s Pre-Deal Deceptions," 9 June 2020 Such attacks might have some impact, after thousands of deceitful Facebook ads this fall. Michael Tomasky, The New York Review of Books, "Biden’s Journey Left," 4 June 2020 The Innocence Files features examples of experts and law enforcement officials who were downright deceitful, like Dr. Michael West. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "The Innocence Files attorneys talk fighting wrongful convictions and systemic racism," 22 Apr. 2020 And so the plot is that of a fantastical and miserable quest, like The Lord of the Rings or The Wizard of Oz, except the monsters are leering men and deceitful medical personnel and relentless, mind-bending legal hurdles. Kaitlin Menza, Marie Claire, "The Excruciating Necessity of 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always'," 10 Apr. 2020 The Ferengi, a species of traders, were physically grotesque, deceitful, and always looking for a profit. Laurence Scott, Wired, "Star Trek: Picard, Fancy Sheets, and the Meaning of Home," 28 Mar. 2020 One by one, the Kim family, who struggle to get by living in a grimy basement, find inventive and deceitful ways to secure employment in the household of a wealthy family, the Parks. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "What Two Nominations for Best Picture Say About Film," 10 Feb. 2020 This was a deceitful move, because the government of North Korea already prevents its people from leaving their homeland and only about forty Venezuelan officials visit the United States each year. Laila Lalami, Harper's Magazine, "Bright Stars," 30 Mar. 2020

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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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19 Jun 2020

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“Deceitful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deceitful. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for deceitful

deceitful

adjective
How to pronounce deceitful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of deceitful

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

deceitful

adjective
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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