Memidex: Free online dictionary/thesaurus and more....
| Free Tools | Preferences | About | Contact | Index

deceit

noun

  1. (dishonesty)  the quality of being fraudulent
    Synonyms: fraudulence. Type of: dishonesty
  2. (falsehood)  a misleading falsehood
    Synonyms: deception, misrepresentation. Type of: falsehood
  3. (falsification)  the act of deceiving
    Synonyms: deception, dissembling, dissimulation. Type of: falsification

Etymology summary

Middle English deceite, from Anglo-French, from Latin decepta, feminine of...
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Deception | beguilement | deceit | bluff | mystification | subterfuge

acts to propagate beliefs that are not true, or not the whole truth. Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda, and sleight of hand, as well as distraction, camouflage, or concealment. There is also self-deception, as in bad faith. Deception is a... (40 of 2892 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Deception

Deceit (disambiguation)

the propagation of beliefs that are not true. Deceit may also refer to: The tort of deceit in Derry v Peek] and Freeman v. Palsey | Deceit (1923 film), a 1923 drama film | Deceit (1932 film), a 1932 drama film | Deceit (1976 film), a 1976 detective... (45 of 162 words, 13 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Deceit (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

deceit | fraud [synonym, sense-specific] | trick [synonym, sense-specific]

the act or practice of deceiving | a statement, act, or device intended to mislead; fraud; trick | a tendency to deceive (20 of 489 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/deceit

Merriam-Webster:

deceit | deception [synonym, sense-specific] | trick [synonym, sense-specific] | deceitfulness [synonym, sense-specific] | artifice [synonym, sense-specific] | cheating [synonym, sense-specific] | cozenage [synonym, sense-specific] | craft [synonym, sense-specific] | craftiness [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the act or practice of deceiving; "deception" | an attempt or device to deceive; "trick" | the quality of being deceitful; "deceitfulness" (20 of 195 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/deceit

Wiktionary:

deceit | deceits [plural] | trick [synonym, sense-specific] | fraud [synonym, sense-specific] | deception [synonym, sense-specific] | trickery [synonym, sense-specific] | underhandedness [synonym, sense-specific] | deceptiveness [synonym, sense-specific] | deceitfulness [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick | An act of deceiving someone | [uncountable] The state of being deceitful or deceptive | [law] The tort or fraudulent representation of a material fact made with knowledge of its falsity, or recklessly,... (40 of 90 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/deceit

Oxford Dictionary:

deceit

the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth (13 of 73 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/deceit

Random House Dictionary:

deceit

the act or practice of deceiving; concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; duplicity; fraud; cheating. | an act or device ... (24 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/deceit

Cambridge Dictionary:

deceit | deceitful [adjective, derived] | deceitfully [adverb, derived] | deceitfulness [noun, derived]

(an act of) keeping the truth hidden, especially to get an advantage (12 of 55 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/deceit

New World Dictionary:

deceit

the act of representing as true what is known to be false; a deceiving or lying | a dishonest action or trick; fraud or lie | the quality of being ... (28 of 44 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deceit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

deceit [countable/uncountable] | deceits [plural]

dishonest behaviour that is intended to trick someone (8 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/deceit

American Heritage Dictionary:

deceit

The act or practice of deceiving; deception. | A stratagem; a trick. | The quality of being deceitful; falseness. (17 of 37 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deceit

Encarta Dictionary:

deceit | deceits [plural]

the act or practice of deceiving or misleading somebody | something that is done to deceive or mislead somebody (18 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603049​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Merriam-Webster:

deceit

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English deceite, from Anglo-French, from Latin decepta, feminine of deceptus, past participle of decipere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/deceit

American Heritage Dictionary:

deceit

Origin: Middle English deceite, from Old French, from past participle of deceveir, to deceive; see "deceive".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deceit

Oxford Dictionary:

deceit

Origin: Middle English: from Old French, past participle (used as a noun) of deceveir "deceive"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/deceit

New World Dictionary:

deceit

Origin: Middle English from Old French deceite from past participle of deceveir: see "deceive"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deceit

Collins Dictionary:

deceit

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French deceite, from deceivre to deceive

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/deceit

Online Etymology:

deceit

First use: about 1300

Origin: Old French deceite, feminine past participle of deceveir.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=deceit

Encarta Dictionary:

deceit | deceits [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French from deceveir

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603049​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

deceit | deceits [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "deceit"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/deceit

Collins Dictionary:

deceit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "deceit"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/deceit

Cambridge Dictionary:

deceit

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "deceit"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "deceit"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/deceit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

deceit [countable/uncountable] | deceits [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "deceit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/deceit

Macmillan American Dictionary:

deceit [countable/uncountable] | deceits [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "deceit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/deceit

the Free Dictionary:

deceit

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "deceit"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "deceit"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "deceit" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/deceit

Google Dictionary:

deceit | deceits [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "deceit"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=deceit

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

deceit

Audio: North American pronunciation of "deceit"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=deceit​01 word=deceit

YourDictionary Audio:

deceit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "deceit" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deceit

Page last updated: 2013-06-26

Copyright © 2008-2013 Memidex