Definition of deceit in English:

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deceit

Pronunciation: /dəˈsēt/

noun

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.
Synonyms
deception, deceitfulness, duplicity, double-dealing, fraud, cheating, trickery, chicanery, deviousness, slyness, wiliness, guile, bluff, lying, pretense, treachery
informal crookedness, monkey business, monkeyshines
sham, fraud, pretense, hoax, fake, blind, artifice;
trick, stratagem, device, ruse, scheme, dodge, machination, deception, subterfuge;
cheat, swindle
informal con, setup, scam, flimflam, bunco

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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Syllabification: de·ceit

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