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deceitful

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of deceitful

  1. 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 Synonyms of deceitful crooked, fraudulent, defrauding, dishonest, double-dealing, falseWords Related to deceitful beguiling, deceiving, deceptive, deluding, delusive, delusory, duplicitous, fallacious, misleading, specious; spuriousNear Antonyms of deceitful legitimate, true, validAntonyms of deceitful aboveboard, honest, truthful

  2. 2 tending or having power to deceive the deceitful salesman neglected to mention some important information about the used car Synonyms of deceitful beguiling, deceptive, deceiving, deluding, delusive, delusory, fallacious, false, misleading, speciousWords Related to deceitful artful, crafty, cunning, devious, foxy, guileful, shady, shifty, slick, sly, sneaking, sneaky, subtile, subtle, trick, trickish, tricky, underhand, underhanded, wily; inaccurate, incorrect, wrong; bewildering, confounding, distracting, perplexing, puzzling; ambidextrous, crooked, defrauding, dishonest, dissembling, double-dealing, duplicitous, faithless, fast, fraudulent, knavish, lying, mendacious, untrustworthy, untruthful; bogus, counterfeit, fake, feigned, forged, jive [slang], phony (also phoney), sham, spurious; insidious, perfidious, treacherous; ambiguous, circuitous, equivocal, evasive; artificial, backhanded, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, two-facedNear Antonyms of deceitful candid, direct, foursquare, frank, free-spoken, open, openhearted, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, straight; clarifying, elucidative, explanatory, illuminating; revealing, revelatory; honest, trustworthy, truthfulAntonyms of deceitful aboveboard, forthright, nondeceptive, straightforward

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


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