Definition of duplicity in English:

duplicity

Line breaks: du|pli¦city
Pronunciation: /djuːˈplɪsɪti
 
, djʊ-/

noun

[mass noun]
1Deceitfulness: the president was accused of duplicity in his dealings with Congress
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  • To promote and protect their interest, they used coercion, bribery and nepotism as state policy and created a culture of opportunism, deceit, duplicity, loot and plunder.
  • He said the biggest obstacle to a Yes vote was the Government, whose track record of deceit, and duplicity had now been shamefully exposed.
  • It survives as a staple of film and television because it is highly photogenic, incorporating the undeniable dynamism of deceit and duplicity usually reserved for the spy story.
Synonyms
2 archaic The state of being double.
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  • When her survey group becomes lost inside the cave, the author uses the experience to propel questions of the duplicity of maps and the ambiguities of human perception.
  • The very label, ‘African American’ intrinsically signifies a duplicity that remains misunderstood and unappreciated by many American and Africans.
  • This concurrence of disparate attitudes toward him creates an ambiguous point of view and indicates a duplicity, if not a multiplicity, of authorship.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French duplicite or late Latin duplicitas, from Latin duplic- 'twofold' (see duplex).

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