Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Disposition or tendency to deceive or mislead; the quality of being deceitful.
- n. The state or quality of being deceitful.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The disposition to deceive.
- n. The quality of being deceitful.
- n. Tendency to mislead or deceive.
- n. the quality of being crafty
- From deceitful + -ness. (Wiktionary)
“Now duplicity does not seem to pertain to lust, but rather to deceitfulness, which is a daughter of covetousness, according to Gregory (Moral. xxxi, 45).”
“The deceitfulness, that is, the depth of wickedness, and the abominableness, past all words, of thine own heart.”
“It is what the scripture calls the deceitfulness of sin.”
“In its written decision last spring, the disciplinary board found Lenger guilty of disgraceful conduct, finding that his "deceitfulness" plus "the sheer extent of the absences" were particularly troubling.”
“It comes ek tou Diabolou; so an ancient copy has it: it comes from the Devil, the evil one; it comes from the corruption of men's nature, from passion and vehemence; from a reigning vanity in the mind, and a contempt of sacred things: it comes from that deceitfulness which is in men, All men are liars; therefore men use these protestations, because they are distrustful one of another, and think they cannot be believed without them.”
“Let their insults, deceitfulness, and contempt for everything appear to be understood by you and yet seem not understood, for you should look somewhat stupid.”
“She had to be aware of her deceitfulness, her laziness, and her meanness.”
“The only way he got elected was by Chicago-style deceitfulness, and the Americans are getting tired of it.”
“People relegated to the American moral minority, the sort of folk who were serially engaged in things like promiscuity, deceitfulness, drug abuse, prejudice, and crime—usually simultaneously—were suddenly revealed to the rest of us.”
“While I don't blame myself for his unwillingness to work on our marriage or his deceitfulness, I recognize that I am responsible for some of what went wrong in our relationship.”
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