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English Dictionary: deceit by the DICT Development Group
2 results for deceit
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
deceit
n
  1. the quality of being fraudulent [syn: fraudulence, deceit]
  2. a misleading falsehood
    Synonym(s): misrepresentation, deceit, deception
  3. the act of deceiving
    Synonym(s): deception, deceit, dissembling, dissimulation
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Deceit \De*ceit"\, n. [OF. deceit, des[cced]ait, decept (cf.
      deceite, de[cced]oite), fr. L. deceptus deception, fr.
      decipere. See {Deceive}.]
      1. 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.      --Amos viii.
                                                                              5.
  
                     Friendly to man, far from deceit or guile. --Milton.
  
                     Yet still we hug the dear deceit.      --N. Cotton.
  
      2. (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.
  
      Syn: Deception; fraud; imposition; duplicity; trickery;
               guile; falsifying; double-dealing; stratagem. See
               {Deception}.
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