American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or practice of deceiving; deception.
- n. A stratagem; a trick.
- n. The quality of being deceitful; falseness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being false or misleading; falseness; falsehood; deception; deceptiveness.
- n. The act or practice of deceiving; concealment or perversion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; fraud; cheating.
- n. That which deceives; action or speech designed to mislead or beguile; a guileful artifice.
- n. In law, any trick, device, craft, collusion, false representation, or underhand practice, used to defraud another: now more commonly called fraud or misrepresentation. Synonyms and Deceit, Deception, Fraud, craft, cunning, duplicity, double-dealing, guile, trickery, wiliness, treachery, finesse, imposture. Deceit is a shorter and more energetic word for deceitfulness, indicating the quality; it is also, but more rarely, used to express the act or manner of deceiving. The reverse is true of deception, which is properly the act or course by which one deceives, and not properly the quality; it “may express the state of being deceived. Fraud is an act or a series of acts of deceit by which one attempts to benefit himself at the expense of others. It is generally a breaking of law; the others are not. See
- n. An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick
- n. An act of deceiving someone
- n. uncountable The state of being deceitful or deceptive
- n. law The tort or fraudulent representation of a material fact made with knowledge of its falsity, or recklessly, or without reasonable grounds for believing its truth and with intent to induce reliance on it; the plaintiff justifiably relies on the deception, to his injury.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads another, or causes him to believe what is false; a contrivance to entrap; deception; a wily device; fraud.
- n. (Law) Any trick, collusion, contrivance, false representation, or underhand practice, used to defraud another. When injury is thereby effected, an
action of deceit, as it called, lies for compensation.
- n. a misleading falsehood
- n. the act of deceiving
- n. the quality of being fraudulent
- Middle English deceite, from Old French, from past participle of deceveir, to deceive; see deceive. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I doubt if the word deceit ever entered his head as he led his mother to believe something that was not completely true.”
“I think there's probably a kind of authenticity that can permeate a person's life so that even their deceit is authentic, somehow.”
“A product of the Islamic establishment himself, Mr Mousavi said on Saturday he was not questioning the fundaments of the Islamic Republic but sought to renew it and purge it of what he called deceit and lies.”
“Men tend to be violent and vengeful; deceit is also a part of human nature.”
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“Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.”
“The game of deceit is over for us Palestinians; we will not accept playing with words.”
“Big companies are for the practice according to The Economist, who calls it “Blended deceit from the nanny state.””
“But three lies says you're dealing with a liar, and deceit is the linchpin of conscienceless behavior.”
“Brian Azzarello, Ed Brubaker, Jeff Lemire, Paul Grist, David Lapham, Eduardo Barreto, and Fabio Moon (to name just a few) telling "tales of murder and deceit" is must-read material.”
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