One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was surrounded by foolish and deceitful women’
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
informal sneaky, tricky, foxy, crooked, sharp, shady, shifty, slippery
British informal bent
South African informal slim
archaic subtle, hollow-hearted
rare false-hearted, double-faced, truthless, Punic
2‘they dismissed the allegations as deceitful’
fraudulent, counterfeit, fabricated, invented, concocted, made up, trumped up, untrue, hollow, false, sham, bogus, fake, illusory, spurious, specious, fallacious, deceptive, misleading, misguided, distorted
humorous economical with the truth
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