Definition of deceitful in English:



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

    ‘such an act would have been deceitful and irresponsible’
    • ‘Symkyn was extremely deceitful and dishonest in his work and cheated the college most of all.’
    • ‘He is an extremely dangerous and deceitful man, who thinks he can pull the wool over the American public's eyes.’
    • ‘No one expects markets to work when people are deceitful and manipulative.’
    • ‘He was an okay guy as far as basketball went, but in other areas of life, the guy was conniving and deceitful.’
    • ‘I should point out, though, that Range is as wrong as he is deceitful.’
    • ‘She was deceitful and had absolutely no conscience.’
    • ‘He was an unprincipled, deceitful, arrogant young man, dangerous to those around him and too powerful for his own good.’
    • ‘You think he is deceitful because you feel that you were led to believe that he, too, might fall in love.’
    • ‘It really is such a shame that society has turned us into such deceitful people.’
    • ‘In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry and deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘She was ruthlessly ambitious, sexually rapacious, and blatantly deceitful,’ said Leigh.’
    • ‘All girls are deceitful, evil creatures, he thought.’
    • ‘Am I being deceitful and unkind to keep him hanging on?’
    • ‘It did not necessarily mean that any of the witnesses were being deliberately deceitful and dishonest.’
    • ‘People have been known to be deceitful about many things on the Internet.’
    • ‘First, they're deceitful and adept at concealing their true intentions.’
    • ‘So I think both sides are being untruthful and even deceitful on this.’
    • ‘He's a deceitful, cowardly, treacherous and thoroughly unlikable man.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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