• Crafty, deceitful. Neapolitan
    Crafty, deceitful. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n deceit the act of deceiving
    • n deceit the quality of being fraudulent
    • n deceit a misleading falsehood
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Deceit. Neapolitan Deceit. Neapolitan
Appearances are deceitful Appearances are deceitful

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deceit An attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads another, or causes him to believe what is false; a contrivance to entrap; deception; a wily device; fraud. "Making the ephah small and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit .""Friendly to man, far from deceit or guile.""Yet still we hug the dear deceit ."
    • Deceit (Law) Any trick, collusion, contrivance, false representation, or underhand practice, used to defraud another. When injury is thereby effected, an action of deceit, as it called, lies for compensation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deceit The quality of being false or misleading; falseness; falsehood; deception; deceptiveness.
    • n deceit The act or practice of deceiving; concealment or perversion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; fraud; cheating.
    • n deceit That which deceives; action or speech designed to mislead or beguile; a guileful artifice.
    • n deceit In law, any trick, device, craft, collusion, false representation, or underhand practice, used to defraud another: now more commonly called fraud or misrepresentation. Synonyms and Deceit, Deception, Fraud, craft, cunning, duplicity, double-dealing, guile, trickery, wiliness, treachery, finesse, imposture. Deceit is a shorter and more energetic word for deceitfulness, indicating the quality; it is also, but more rarely, used to express the act or manner of deceiving. The reverse is true of deception, which is properly the act or course by which one deceives, and not properly the quality; it “may express the state of being deceived. Fraud is an act or a series of acts of deceit by which one attempts to benefit himself at the expense of others. It is generally a breaking of law; the others are not. See artifice and deceptive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Deceit de-sēt′ act of deceiving: anything intended to mislead another: fraud: falseness
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  • George Eliot
    “It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the dear deceit of beauty.”
  • Demosthenes
    “Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.”
  • Hitopadesa
    “The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.”
  • John Tillotson
    John Tillotson
    “The art of using deceit and cunning grow continually weaker and less effective to the user.”
  • Bible
    “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
  • John Dryden
    “When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. deceit, desçait, decept,cf. deceite, deçoite,), fr. L. deceptus, deception, fr. decipere,. See Deceive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr., from L. decipĕre, deceptum, to deceive.


In literature:

"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Too late they exposed the deceit practised upon them, and protested their innocence.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
We were never able to detect a shadow of deceit about her.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866" by Various
Beware of the deceitful stream of temporary gratification, whose eddying current drifts towards license, shame, disease and death.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The fear of punishment produced deceit to avoid it.
"Valerie" by Frederick Marryat
Uncle Indefer and deceit never went together.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
Oh, that tongue, that dear deceitful tongue!
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
It isn't a haphazard series of deceits, of that I am at this moment convinced.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
He appears to have a pleasure in deceit, and to have waged war with the world in general.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
And what is the first cause of the evil concealed under so deceitful an exterior?
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall

In poetry:

And it was for you hunks of meat
I wrote my rhymes!
My love was sticky self-deceit
And dirty games!
"My Little Lovelies" by Arthur Rimbaud
His laws are just and pure,
His truth without deceit,
His promises for ever sure,
And his rewards are great.
"Psalm 19 part 1" by Isaac Watts
And yet but dimly he divines
The depth of that deceit,
And superstitution of vast pride
Humbled to such defeat.
"The Released Rebel Prisoner" by Herman Melville
And it bears the fruit of Deceit,
Ruddy and sweet to eat;
And the Raven his nest has made
In its thickest shade.
"The Human Abstract" by William Blake
If heartstrings be but tuned aright
Sweet melodies we hear;
If strung with envy and deceit,
The tone is doleful, drear.
"Heartstrings" by Jared Barhite
The man that falsely swears, and doth
In vain his Maker take
To witness his deceitful lies,
That man for fear may quake.
"The False Swearer" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

Before The D-Day Invasion, Double Talk And Deceit .
Companies can't and won't deal with lying and deceitful officials in any city when there's a choice.
But it was also deceitful and dishonest.
Scientist Is Reinstated After Deceit .
I expect the owners of the Ambassador Bridge to continue the campaign of deceit .
More "Media Matters" Deceit .
Bobby Ferguson bid-rigging trial 'a case of fraud, deceit and money,' government tells jury.
'Three Cups of Tea' and ' deceit ' has international aid in hot spotlight.
Pro-life group's report accuses Planned Parenthood of fraud, deceit .
Enron Emails Reveal What a Web of Deceit Really Looks Like.
Readers salute Worker Memorial Day, condemn corporate deceit and hunt for Easter eggs in North Waco.
A tale of deceit and criminality.
NCAA tourney layered with deceit .
Deceit leads to undoing in Theatre Tulsa's The Children's Hour.
'My Kid' documentary paints a picture of deceit .

In science:

Ekman, “Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics and Marriage,” 2nd Edition, Norton, W.W. and Company, Inc., Sept. 2001.
Face Expression Recognition and Analysis: The State of the Art
Detecting lies and deceit: Pitfal ls and opportunities.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
Ploy and Counter-Ploy Radical translation is one of at least thirteen related topics involving the interplay of deceit and cooperation and its evaluation.
Does Meaning Evolve?
Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media.
Credibility in Web Search Engines