Definition of deceitful in US English:

deceitful

adjective

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

    ‘such an act would have been deceitful and irresponsible’
    • ‘No one expects markets to work when people are deceitful and manipulative.’
    • ‘It did not necessarily mean that any of the witnesses were being deliberately deceitful and dishonest.’
    • ‘Distressed by his deceitful, frivolous use of their savings, the Blackwells told friends that they would never again trust their son with money.’
    • ‘You think he is deceitful because you feel that you were led to believe that he, too, might fall in love.’
    • ‘This is deceitful and wrong - not to mention unnecessary.’
    • ‘He's a deceitful, cowardly, treacherous and thoroughly unlikable man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His behavior was not only deceitful and unethical, but it was also potentially damaging to his own party.’
    • ‘I should point out, though, that Range is as wrong as he is deceitful.’
    • ‘That is so wilfully deceitful as to constitute a lie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the more you look into his claims, the more they seem deceitful.’
    • ‘In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry and deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is an extremely dangerous and deceitful man, who thinks he can pull the wool over the American public's eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was an okay guy as far as basketball went, but in other areas of life, the guy was conniving and deceitful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All girls are deceitful, evil creatures, he thought.’
    • ‘‘She was ruthlessly ambitious, sexually rapacious, and blatantly deceitful,’ said Leigh.’
    • ‘It is often frivolous, vehement but mostly passionless, lazily deceitful or ill-informed and without political substance or influence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was deceitful and had absolutely no conscience.’
    • ‘People have been known to be deceitful about many things on the Internet.’
    • ‘I forced a smile, a lying, deceitful, false smile, as if that was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard.’
    • ‘So when I tell you now that you should come clean to your wife, it's because I believe you when you say that you are a reformed character and that it is now no longer part of your make-up to be deceitful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If these figures are accurate, the corollary suggests that there are also an awful lot of deceitful men out there, fathering babies they'll never raise and without a thought to the welfare of these children.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Am I being deceitful and unkind to keep him hanging on?’
    • ‘Of course I don't think that the purveyors of ID really think this way, it's just a deceitful and hypocritical marketing strategy.’
    • ‘It really is such a shame that society has turned us into such deceitful people.’
    • ‘Symkyn was extremely deceitful and dishonest in his work and cheated the college most of all.’
    • ‘He was an unprincipled, deceitful, arrogant young man, dangerous to those around him and too powerful for his own good.’
    • ‘Viewers are repeatedly given indications that there is one, distinct meaning lying behind each image, yet this is a cleverly deceitful ploy.’
    • ‘First, they're deceitful and adept at concealing their true intentions.’
    • ‘So I think both sides are being untruthful and even deceitful on this.’
    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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Pronunciation

deceitful

/dəˈsētfəl//dəˈsitfəl/