Definition of deceit in English:



  • The action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth.

    ‘a web of deceit’
    [count noun] ‘a series of lies and deceits’
    • ‘He wove a web of deceit to cover his violent past and duped the entire community into believing he was a war hero and former CIA operative.’
    • ‘But the culture of deceit, fraud and corruption at different levels of society is never going to be eradicated by tribunals.’
    • ‘His web of deceit finally unravelled at Leicester Royal Infirmary when, as Reed told police, the hospital visits of the three wives ‘went out of sync and they all arrived at once’.’
    • ‘Dishonesty and deceit in areas critical to the public interest have been the hallmark of his Administration.’
    • ‘It's time for a new politics of genuine social justice for all the peoples of the world; not the chicanery, deceit and lies to which we've been treated to in the last weeks and months.’
    • ‘A " robust " campaign is one thing, but this sort of outright deceit is quite another.’
    • ‘Ripley is the street-smart, smooth operator who feels no guilt at all, a man who can rationalise deceit, lies, criminal behaviour and even murder in a way not even the sharpest politician could equal.’
    • ‘Those who seek to prey on their fellow humans thrive on surprise and deceit to conceal their true intentions.’
    • ‘As far as I can see the allegations of dishonesty and deliberate deceit are without any foundation…’
    • ‘The most basic of checks will expose your deceit and ruin any chance of getting the job.’
    • ‘He argued that ‘hidden beneath the polished exterior of modern democracy are deceit, violence, corruption, mendacity, hypocrisy and oppression of the poor’.’
    • ‘I can't take the lies and deceit anymore, the truth had to come out sometime and here it is.’
    • ‘However their deceit conceals not so much defiance and ineptitude as fear.’
    • ‘‘Lies and deception and deceit are part of this regime,’ he told reporters.’
    • ‘The problem with being a professional liar is that one tends to forget one's past lies, thereby becoming entangled in your own web of deceit.’
    • ‘Orwell argued that in a time of universal deceit the only revolutionary act is to tell the truth.’
    • ‘Equally disturbing was the fact that the tribunal had to work through ‘an impenetrable jungle of lies, deceit, prevarication and obstruction’ to get to the truth.’
    • ‘He incorrectly told clients their cases had been settled, and paid one customer £4,500 of his own money to conceal his deceit.’
    • ‘The man's web of deceit began to unravel in January when British immigration officials checked his passport at Calais and found it had been revoked in 2003.’
    • ‘All the lies, deceit, conniving and games I endured while I was with him have made me frightened to date again.’
    sham, fraud, pretence, imposture, hoax, fake, misrepresentation, blind, wile, artifice, trojan horse
    deception, deceitfulness, duplicity, double-dealing, fraud, fraudulence, cheating, trickery, duping, hoodwinking, chicanery, underhandedness, deviousness, slyness, cunning, craftiness, craft, wiliness, artfulness, guile, dissimulation, dissembling, bluff, bluffing, lying, pretence, artifice, treachery
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Middle English: from Old French, past participle (used as a noun) of deceveir deceive.