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deceit Line breaks: de¦ceit
Pronunciation: /dɪˈsiːt/

Definition of deceit in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth: a web of deceit hypocrisy and deceit were anathema to her [count noun]: 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.
Synonyms
North American informalmonkeyshines
Irish informalcodology
archaicmanagement, knavery
sham, fraud, pretence, imposture, hoax, fake, misrepresentation, blind, wile, artifice, Trojan horse;
informalcon, con trick, set-up, game, scam, sting, gyp, leg-pull, flimflam
British informalwheeze
North American informalbunco, grift
Australian informallurk, rort
South African informalschlenter
British informal, , datedflanker
archaicshift, fetch, rig

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with deceit

accrete, autocomplete, beet, bittersweet, bleat, cheat, cleat, clubfeet, compete, compleat, complete, conceit, Crete, delete, deplete, discreet, discrete, eat, effete, élite, entreat, escheat, estreat, excrete, feat, feet, fleet, gîte, greet, heat, leat, leet, Magritte, maltreat, marguerite, meat, meet, meet-and-greet, mesquite, mete, mistreat, neat, outcompete, peat, Pete, petite, pleat, receipt, replete, sangeet, seat, secrete, sheet, skeet, sleet, splay-feet, street, suite, sweet, teat, treat, tweet, wheat

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