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Meaning of DUPLICITY

Pronunciation:  doo'plisitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
  2. [n]  a fraudulent or duplicitous representation

DUPLICITY is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: double-dealing, fraudulence
 See Also: deceit, deceit, deception, deception, dissembling, dissimulation, misrepresentation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Du*plic"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Duplicities}. [F.
duplicit['e], L. duplicitas, fr. duplex double. See
1. Doubleness; a twofold state. [Archaic]

         Do not affect duplicities nor triplicities, nor any
         certain number of parts in your division of things.
                                               --I. Watts.

2. Doubleness of heart or speech; insincerity; a sustained
   form of deception which consists in entertaining or
   pretending to entertain one of feelings, and acting as if
   influenced by another; bad faith.

         Far from the duplicity wickedly charged on him, he
         acted his part with alacrity and resolution.

3. (Law)
   (a) The use of two or more distinct allegations or
       answers, where one is sufficient. --Blackstone.
   (b) In indictments, the union of two incompatible
       offenses. --Wharton.

Syn: Double dealing; dissimulation; deceit; guile; deception;

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