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deceit Syllabification: de·ceit
Pronunciation: /dəˈsēt/

Definition of deceit in English:


The action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth: a web of deceit a series of lies and deceits
More example sentences
  • I can't take the lies and deceit anymore, the truth had to come out sometime and here it is.
  • He argued that ‘hidden beneath the polished exterior of modern democracy are deceit, violence, corruption, mendacity, hypocrisy and oppression of the poor’.
  • It's time for a new politics of genuine social justice for all the peoples of the world; not the chicanery, deceit and lies to which we've been treated to in the last weeks and months.
informal crookedness, monkey business, monkeyshines
sham, fraud, pretense, hoax, fake, blind, artifice;
cheat, swindle
informal con, setup, scam, flimflam, bunco


Middle English: from Old French, past participle (used as a noun) of deceveir 'deceive'.

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