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Meaning of DECEIT

Pronunciation:  di'seet

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of deceiving
  2. [n]  the quality of being fraudulent
  3. [n]  a misleading falsehood

DECEIT is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: deception, deception, dissembling, dissimulation, fraudulence, misrepresentation
 See Also: blind, bluff, cheat, cheating, chicanery, delusion, dishonesty, dissembling, double-dealing, duplicity, duplicity, equivocation, evasion, exaggeration, facade, fakery, false statement, falsehood, falsification, falsity, feigning, feigning, four flush, fraudulence, guile, half-truth, hanky panky, head game, hocus-pocus, illusion, impersonation, imposture, indirection, jiggery-pokery, magnification, misrepresentaation, obscurantism, overstatement, pretence, pretence, pretending, pretense, pretense, shenanigan, simulation, skulduggery, skullduggery, slickness, snow job, subterfuge, trickery, trickery, untruth, wile, window dressing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*ceit"\, n. [OF. deceit, des[,c]ait, decept (cf.
deceite, de[,c]oite), fr. L. deceptus deception, fr.
decipere. See {Deceive}.]
1. 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.

         Making the ephah small and the shekel great, and
         falsifying the balances by deceit.    --Amos viii.

         Friendly to man, far from deceit or guile. --Milton.

         Yet still we hug the dear deceit.     --N. Cotton.

2. (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.

Syn: Deception; fraud; imposition; duplicity; trickery;
     guile; falsifying; double-dealing; stratagem. See

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