American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Given to cheating or deceiving.
- adj. Deliberately misleading; deceptive. See Synonyms at dishonest.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of deceit; tending to mislead, deceive, or insnare; tricky; fraudulent; cheating.
- Synonyms Deceptive, Deceitful, etc. (see deceptive), delusive, fallacious, insincere, hypocritical, false, hollow.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Full of, or characterized by, deceit; serving to mislead or insnare; trickish; fraudulent; cheating; insincere.
- adj. marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
- adj. intended to deceive
- deceit + -ful (Wiktionary)
“The counselor to the president's accusing the network of what it calls deceitful editing, twisting the president's words.”
“And then it was that we told the "innocent child" (that's what we call the deceitful cat) everything.”
“For CBS to run an ad during a family event from an organization so hateful and deceitful is shameful.”
“Amazingly the train halted along the dark countryside, from time to time indulging in short, deceitful movements backward or forward, and whistling harsh paeans into the high October night.”
“If you call her deceitful, what are you?" he sputtered.”
“I must weave a veil of dazzling falsehood to hide my grief from vulgar eyes, smoothe my brow, and paint my lips in deceitful smiles -- even in solitude I dare not think how lost I am, lest I become insane and rave.”
“And while it's hard to hear yourself called deceitful and manipulative, I remember Ben Franklin's admonition that our critics are our friends, for they do show us our faults.”
“If he is acting to undercut both Israel and Canada, neither of which will participate in this sham, along with the European countries who are still on the fence, then he has elevated the word deceitful to new levels.”
“None of us wants to be called deceitful, for the world has no more use for a deceitful person than this man had for a hollow tree.”
“Sometimes I was fool enough to tell my story in the hopes of getting pity and help – but telling my story always made it worse for me! some thought me crazy and others thought me deceitful, which is not to be wondered at, for I was a stranger and my adventures were, indeed, beyond belief.”
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