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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fraudulence, deceitnoun

    the quality of being fraudulent

  2. misrepresentation, deceit, deceptionnoun

    a misleading falsehood

  3. deception, deceit, dissembling, dissimulationnoun

    the act of deceiving


  1. deceitnoun

    An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick

    The whole conversation was merely a deceit.

  2. deceitnoun

    An act of deceiving someone

  3. deceitnoun

    The state of being deceitful or deceptive

  4. deceitnoun

    The tort or fraudulent representation of a material fact made with knowledge of its falsity, or recklessly, or without reasonable grounds for believing its truth and with intent to induce reliance on it; the plaintiff justifiably relies on the deception, to his injury.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DECEITnoun

    Etymology: deceptio, Latin.

    My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. Job, xxvii. 4.

    His demand
    Springs not from Edward’s well-meant honest love,
    But from deceit, bred by necessity. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.


  1. deceit

    Deception or falsehood is an act or statement that misleads, hides the truth, or promotes a belief, concept, or idea that is not true. It is often done for personal gain or advantage. Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda and sleight of hand as well as distraction, camouflage or concealment. There is also self-deception, as in bad faith. It can also be called, with varying subjective implications, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, ruse, or subterfuge. Deception is a major relational transgression that often leads to feelings of betrayal and distrust between relational partners. Deception violates relational rules and is considered to be a negative violation of expectations. Most people expect friends, relational partners, and even strangers to be truthful most of the time. If people expected most conversations to be untruthful, talking and communicating with others would require distraction and misdirection to acquire reliable information. A significant amount of deception occurs between some romantic and relational partners.Deceit and dishonesty can also form grounds for civil litigation in tort, or contract law (where it is known as misrepresentation or fraudulent misrepresentation if deliberate), or give rise to criminal prosecution for fraud. It also forms a vital part of psychological warfare in denial and deception.


  1. deceit

    Deceit is the act or practice of deliberately misleading or lying to someone, often with the intent to gain some advantage or benefit. It involves dishonesty, fraud, or trickery, and can be carried out through various means such as false statements, manipulation, or concealment of the truth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deceitnoun

    an attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads another, or causes him to believe what is false; a contrivance to entrap; deception; a wily device; fraud

  2. Deceitnoun

    any trick, collusion, contrivance, false representation, or underhand practice, used to defraud another. When injury is thereby effected, an action of deceit, as it called, lies for compensation


  1. Deceit

    Deceit is an original novel written by Peter Darvill-Evans and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice. Also included is Doctor Who Magazine comic character Abslom Daak, in his first appearance outside of DWM. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Darvill-Evans, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine #198.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deceit

    de-sēt′, n. act of deceiving: anything intended to mislead another: fraud: falseness.—adj. Deceit′ful, full of deceit: disposed or tending to deceive: insincere.—adv. Deceit′fully.—n. Deceit′fulness. [O. Fr., from L. decipĕre, deceptum, to deceive.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deceit in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deceit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of deceit in a Sentence

  1. George Orwell:

    In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

  2. George Orwell:

    In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    In the essence of truth lies deceit. Deceit dispels the boredom of the Absolute.

  4. Archbishop Wilson:

    It's a decision that will hopefully unravel the hypocrisy, the deceit, and the abuse of power and trust that Catholic Church has displayed.

  5. Donald Trump:

    How she’s been able to get away from the lies, the deceit, the destruction of 33,000 emails. To me, that’s her single greatest accomplishment.

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