deceit

  • 1 deceit — de·ceit n: deliberate and misleading concealment, false declaration, or artifice: deception theft by deceit; also: the tort of committing or carrying out deceit an action for deceit see also fraud, misrepresentation …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 deceit — 1 Deceit, duplicity, dissimulation, cunning, guile mean the quality, the habit, the act, or the practice of imposing upon the credulity of others by dishonesty, fraud, or trickery. Deceit usually implies the intent to mislead or delude; otherwise …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Deceit — De*ceit , n. [OF. deceit, des[,c]ait, decept (cf. deceite, de[,c]oite), fr. L. deceptus deception, fr. decipere. See {Deceive}.] 1. An attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 deceit — de‧ceit [dɪˈsiːt] noun [countable, uncountable] behaviour that is intended to make someone believe something that is not true: • Victims of the firm s fraud and deceit are seeking redress in the courts. * * * deceit UK US /dɪˈsiːt/ noun [U] ►… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 5 Deceit — Album par This Heat Sortie 1981 Enregistrement 1981 Durée 40:45 Genre Post punk Rock expérimental Producteur …

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  • 6 deceit — [n1] practice of misleading ambidexterity, ambidextrousness, artifice, cheating, chicane, chicanery, cozening, craft, craftiness, cunning, deceitfulness, deception, defrauding, dirty dealing*, dirty pool*, dishonesty, dissemblance, dissimulation …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 deceit — c.1300, from O.Fr. deceite, fem. pp. of deceveir (see DECEIVE (Cf. deceive)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 deceit — ► NOUN 1) the action or practice of deceiving. 2) a deceitful act or statement …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 deceit — [dē sēt′, disēt′] n. [ME < OFr deceite < pp. of deceveir: see DECEIVE] 1. the act of representing as true what is known to be false; a deceiving or lying 2. a dishonest action or trick; fraud or lie 3. the quality of being deceitful …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 deceit — /di seet /, n. 1. the act or practice of deceiving; concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; duplicity; fraud; cheating: Once she exposed their deceit, no one ever trusted them again. 2. an act or device intended to… …

    Universalium

  • 11 deceit — de•ceit [[t]dɪˈsit[/t]] n. 1) the act or practice of deceiving 2) a stratagem intended to deceive 3) the quality of being deceitful; duplicity • Etymology: 1225–75; deceite < OF, n. use of fem. of deceit, ptp. of deceivre to deceive syn:… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 deceit — n. 1) to practice deceit 2) to expose deceit * * * [dɪ siːt] to expose deceit to practicedeceit …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 deceit — UK [dɪˈsiːt] / US [dɪˈsɪt] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms deceit : singular deceit plural deceits dishonest behaviour that is intended to trick someone The whole relationship was based on lies and deceit …

    English dictionary

  • 14 deceit — de|ceit [dıˈsi:t] n [U and C] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin decipere; DECEIVE] behaviour that is intended to make someone believe something that is not true ▪ an atmosphere of hypocrisy and deceit deliberate/calculated/outright… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 deceit — noun 1) her endless deceit Syn: deception, deceitfulness, duplicity, double dealing, fraud, cheating, trickery, chicanery, deviousness, slyness, wiliness, guile, bluff, lying, pretense, treachery; informal crookedness …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 deceit — A fraudulent and deceptive misrepresentation, artifice, or device, used by one or more persons to deceive and trick another, who is ignorant of the true facts, to the prejudice and damage of the party imposed upon. To constitute deceit, the… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 17 deceit — noun /dɪˈsiːt/ a) An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick The whole conversation was merely a deceit. b) An act of deceiving someone Syn: trick, fraud, deception, tri …

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  • 18 deceit — The intentional attempt to mislead people. It gives rise to questions of definition (separating it from such neighbours as exaggeration, irony, parody) and to questions of justification. Many moral traditions separate the deliberate lie from the… …

    Philosophy dictionary

  • 19 deceit — de|ceit [ dı sit ] noun count or uncount dishonest behavior that is intended to trick someone: The whole relationship was based on lies and deceit …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 deceit — [[t]dɪsi͟ːt[/t]] deceits N VAR Deceit is behaviour that is deliberately intended to make people believe something which is not true. It s just like before. The same lies and half lies. The same deceits. Syn: deception …

    English dictionary


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