deceit[dē sēt′, di-]
Deceit is defined as the act of being dishonest using a trick or telling a lie.
An example of deceit is someone lying on a job application.
- 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 deceitful
Origin of deceitMiddle English ; from Old French deceite ; from past participle of deceveir: see deceive
- The act or practice of deceiving; deception.
- A stratagem; a trick.
- The quality of being deceitful; falseness.
Origin of deceitMiddle English deceite, from Old French, from past participle of deceveir, to deceive; see deceive.
- An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick
- The whole conversation was merely a deceit.
- 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, or without reasonable grounds for believing its truth and with intent to induce reliance on it; the plaintiff justifiably relies on the deception, to his injury.
From Old French deceite