One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘distances over water are very deceptive’
misleading, illusory, illusive, illusionary, ambiguous, deceiving, delusive, distorted, specious
2‘deceptive practices account for at least half of the offences’
deceitful, duplicitous, fraudulent, counterfeit, sham, bogus, cheating, underhand, cunning, crafty, sly, guileful, scheming, perfidious, treacherous, Machiavellian, dissembling, disingenuous, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, dishonest, untruthful, lying, mendacious, insincere, false
informal crooked, sharp, shady, slippery, sneaky, tricky, foxy
British informal bent
South African informal slim
archaic subtle, hollow-hearted
rare false-hearted, double-faced, truthless, Punic
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