from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
- n. An instance of deliberate deceptiveness; double-dealing.
- n. The quality or state of being twofold or double.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Intentional deceptiveness; double-dealing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Doubleness; a twofold state.
- n. Doubleness of heart or speech; insincerity; a sustained form of deception which consists in entertaining or pretending to entertain one set of feelings, and acting as if influenced by another; bad faith.
- n. The use of two or more distinct allegations or answers, where one is sufficient.
- n. In indictments, the union of two incompatible offenses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being double; doubleness.
- n. Doubleness of heart or speech; the acting or speaking differently in relation to the same thing at different times or to different persons, with intention to deceive; the practice of deception by means of dissimulation or double-dealing.
- n. In law, the pleading of two or more distinct matters together as if constituting but one.
- n. In biology, the division of a part of the body of an organism, such as a limb or a digit, into two equivalent parts which may be regarded as equivalent to normal single members.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
- n. acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
"They know me! they are cautious!" muttered Sybil, biting her lips with suppressed fury; for their forbearance, which she called duplicity, enraged her more than all their flirting had done.
Dayton used the word "duplicity" in referring to the way stadium talks broke up Nov. 2 over Zellers' e-mail to Republican caucus members opposing a special session.
The other Rebuplican duplicity is to label a piece of legislation opposite of it's intended purpose ( "Healthy Forest Initiative" = cut down the last of America's old-growth forest, "Clean Skies Initiative" = relax pollution laws, release more mercury, sulfer dioxide, etc.)
In some circles that type of duplicity is called, hypocrisy!!!
His duplicity is self evident in his own statements.
Folks, duplicity is equally hollow in the newspaper business as it is in politics.
What they called duplicity was, ironically, my sincere effort at authenticity.
But I think his duplicity is relevant to his character as someone who has built his career on exposing other's private lives.
The whole policy of Prussia at this period was characterized by a duplicity which was manifest to the rest of Europe….
I have used the word duplicity in no depreciatory sense.
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