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deceitful

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1 marked by, based on, or done by the use of dishonest methods to acquire something of value
  • 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

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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

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The first known use of deceitful was in the 15th century

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“Deceitful.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/deceitful. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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