Definition of deceitful in English:



  • Guilty of or involving deceit; deceiving or misleading others.

    ‘a deceitful politician’
    ‘such an act would have been deceitful and irresponsible’
    • ‘Sceptics in the media have always seen opinion polls as crooked: not as deceitful as horoscopes, but way short of the exacting standards met by the racing tipsters.’
    • ‘These deceitful tactics are plunging mid- and low-income individuals and their families into deeper and deeper debt causing all sorts of unspeakable social vices.’
    • ‘I forced a smile, a lying, deceitful, false smile, as if that was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard.’
    • ‘Obviously, business risk is inherent in investing and we can't protect against it, but we can protect against risks of dishonesty and deceitful conduct.’
    • ‘‘In the context of these admissions, it follows that she agreed to provide a false, deceitful account,’ Mr Latham said.’
    • ‘Choderlos de Laclos' 18 th-century novel is a marvellous monument to lust, guilt and deceitful manipulation written in letter form.’
    • ‘But the more you look into his claims, the more they seem deceitful.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, what I thought was a relatively healthy and honest relationship turns out to be a run-of-the-mill deceitful one, in which I am the cuckold.’
    • ‘Distressed by his deceitful, frivolous use of their savings, the Blackwells told friends that they would never again trust their son with money.’
    • ‘This is deceitful and wrong - not to mention unnecessary.’
    • ‘His behavior was not only deceitful and unethical, but it was also potentially damaging to his own party.’
    • ‘It is often frivolous, vehement but mostly passionless, lazily deceitful or ill-informed and without political substance or influence.’
    • ‘But when we use that deceitful term, one-parent, we actually mean fatherless, in the social meaning of the word, though not of course in the genetic sense.’
    • ‘Viewers are repeatedly given indications that there is one, distinct meaning lying behind each image, yet this is a cleverly deceitful ploy.’
    • ‘He said the jurors should only consider the defendant's lies and deceitful behaviour as evidence against him if they were sure they were the actions of a man trying to cover up murder.’
    • ‘The potential for dishonourable companies to act in this deceitful and dishonest manner will be given oxygen and allowed to profit by using the method blueprinted in this matter.’
    • ‘Since Social Services expenditure is only 23 per cent of the total budget, to imply that most of the tax increase is to improve services for the elderly is deceitful political spin.’
    • ‘Of course I don't think that the purveyors of ID really think this way, it's just a deceitful and hypocritical marketing strategy.’
    • ‘That is so wilfully deceitful as to constitute a lie.’
    dishonest, untruthful, lying, mendacious, insincere, false, deceiving, dissembling, disingenuous, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, two-faced, duplicitous, double-dealing, cheating, underhand, crafty, cunning, sly, guileful, scheming, calculating, conniving, designing, hypocritical, perfidious, treacherous, machiavellian, janus-faced
    fraudulent, counterfeit, fabricated, invented, concocted, made up, trumped up, untrue, hollow, false, sham, bogus, fake, illusory, spurious, specious, fallacious, deceptive, misleading, misguided, distorted
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