Definition of duplicitous in English:



  • 1Deceitful.

    ‘treacherous, duplicitous behavior’
    • ‘We cannot have such a morally bankrupt, devious, duplicitous, disingenuous and cold-hearted ‘little king’ returned to power this year.’
    • ‘When political hot air is turning into cold blood, when duplicitous spin is becoming lethal, somebody's got to speak up.’
    • ‘And what I'm saying is duplicitous about that is, at the same time, in the United States, only in the last few weeks, the farm bill was passed subsidizing American agricultural projects.’
    • ‘They exposed the United States and its athletes as the whingeing, mewling, cheating, two-faced, lying, duplicitous, sanctimonious shower that they are.’
    • ‘Because of my understanding of the ideals to which some of you devote your very existence, I cannot think of anything more duplicitous than engaging in a campus war game like many of your first-year comrades have decided to do.’
    • ‘As its name suggests, it is a ‘double-agency’, a duplicitous creature.’
    • ‘How quickly it got duplicitous, deceitful, diabolical, and it just came out really in last episode where the beginning of an alliance was forming.’
    • ‘In the older system, wherein outward actions were most important, ‘true’ (that is, honourable) intentions could justify crafty and duplicitous acts.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I think it is underhanded and duplicitous and it is double standards.’’
    • ‘But it's deceptive, duplicitous, and deceitful.’
    • ‘If one sees politics as nothing but the organized pursuit of self-interest, then all talk of a public purpose is bound to appear disingenuous or duplicitous.’
    • ‘He'd done a lot of things that could be considered underhanded, even duplicitous.’
    • ‘I love it loads more than I love the duplicitous, double dealing, promise breaking government whom I once loved and now hate.’
    • ‘They are weak, petulant, hypocritical, disunited, duplicitous, sometimes anti-Semitic, and often anti-American appeasers.’
    • ‘It reveals a shockingly casual attitude about the millions of women and girls who have died because of men's sexist and duplicitous behavior.’
    • ‘Perhaps this context of guarded or duplicitous speech illumines the doubletalk on Paul's part.’
    • ‘It is racist because they are not law; they are a set of slogans and duplicitous words designed just to postpone definition until later.’
    • ‘After years of attacking the creativity of every other wine-producing nation for borrowing their names, this is a bit rich, but, given France's ancient tradition of duplicitous behaviour, not surprising.’
    • ‘This relates to American exceptionalism, which makes great allowances for seemingly hypocritical or duplicitous behavior as conducted by our leaders.’
    • ‘If you say does one bout of marital infidelity mean he is habitually duplicitous, then no, I don't draw that parallel.’
    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
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    1. 1.1Law (of a charge or plea) containing more than one allegation.
      • ‘A count in an indictment charging such a Conspiracy Offence would not be duplicitous.’
      • ‘The indictment was not duplicitous or in any way defective, but accurately encapsulated that allegation.’