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duplicity

noun

  1. (misrepresentation)  a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
    Synonyms: fraudulence. Type of: misrepresentation
  2. (dissembling)  acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
    Synonyms: double-dealing. Type of: deception

Etymology summary

Old French duplicite (13th century), from Late Latin duplicitatem (nominative...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

duplicity | duplicities [plural] | deception [synonym] | double-dealing [synonym] | duplicitous [adjective, derived]

deception; double-dealing (2 of 460 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Merriam-Webster:

duplicity | duplicities [plural] | artifice [synonym, sense-specific] | cheating [synonym, sense-specific] | cozenage [synonym, sense-specific] | craft [synonym, sense-specific] | craftiness [synonym, sense-specific] | crookedness [synonym, sense-specific] | crookery [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action ; especially, the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or action | the quality ... (22 of 220 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

Wikipedia:

Duplicity [disambiguation]

means deceitfulness. It may also refer to: Duplicity (law), when the charge on an indictment describes two different offences | Duplicity (software), provides easy encrypted versioned remote backup of files | "Duplicity" (Smallville episode), an... (33 of 164 words, 11 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

duplicity | deceitfulness [synonym, sense-specific]

deceitfulness | [archaic] : the state of being double. (8 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

duplicity | duplicities [plural]

Deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech. | An instance of deliberate deceptiveness; double-dealing. | The quality or state of being twofold or ... (20 of 50 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

duplicity | duplicities [sense-specific, plural]

deceitfulness in speech or conduct; speaking or acting in two different ways concerning the same matter with intent to deceive; double-dealing. | a ... (22 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/duplicity

Macmillan British Dictionary:

duplicity [uncountable, formal]

dishonest behaviour that is intended to trick someone (8 of 33 words, pronunciation)

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

duplicity [formal]

dishonest talk or behaviour, especially by saying different things to two people (12 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/duplicity

New World Dictionary:

duplicity | duplicities [plural]

hypocritical cunning or deception; double-dealing (5 of 26 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/duplicity

Wiktionary:

duplicity | double-dealing [synonym] | duplicities [plural]

Intentional deceptiveness; double-dealing. (3 of 4 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/duplicity

Encarta Dictionary:

duplicity

the fact of being deceptive, dishonest, or misleading | the state of being double or in a pair (formal) (18 of 65 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861606998​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

duplicity

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Old French duplicite (13th century), from Late Latin duplicitatem (nominative duplicitas) "doubleness", in Medieval Latin ... (18 of 44 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

duplicity | duplicities [plural]

Origin: Middle English duplicite, from Old French, from Late Latin duplicitās, doubleness, from Latin duplex, duplic-, ... (15 of 21 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

duplicity

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French duplicite or late Latin duplicitas, from Latin duplic- "twofold" (see "duplex")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/duplicity

Collins Dictionary:

duplicity | duplicities [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Old French duplicite, from Late Latin duplicitās a being double, from Latin duplex

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

Merriam-Webster:

duplicity | duplicities [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English duplicite, from Middle French, from Late Latin duplicitat-, duplicitas, from Latin duplex

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

New World Dictionary:

duplicity | duplicities [plural]

Origin: Middle English duplicite from Old French duplicité from Late Latin duplicitas from Latin duplicare: see "duplex"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/duplicity

Encarta Dictionary:

duplicity

First use: 15th century

Origin: Directly or via French from late Latin duplicitas from Latin duplic-, stem of duplex

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861606998​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

duplicity | duplicities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "duplicity"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

duplicity [uncountable, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "duplicity"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

duplicity [uncountable, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "duplicity"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

duplicity [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "duplicity"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "duplicity"

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the Free Dictionary:

duplicity

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "duplicity"

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

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Google Dictionary:

duplicity

Audio: English pronunciation of "duplicity"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

duplicity

Audio: North American pronunciation of "duplicity"

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YourDictionary Audio:

duplicity

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

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