- tending to deceive; apt to lie or cheat
- intended to deceive; deceptive; false
An example of something that would be described as deceitful is a statement that is blatantly untrue and that is intended to convince someone of a falsehood.
- Given to cheating or deceiving.
- Deliberately misleading; deceptive. See Synonyms at dishonest.
(comparative more deceitful, superlative most deceitful)
deceit + -ful
- It's best to notice patterns in the way that people respond to you to tell if they are truly being deceitful.
- Option One used deceitful tactics to trick customers.
- The early difficulties of Elizabeth's reign secured him a deceitful peace on that side for a time.
- She felt deceitful pumping Mrs. Marsh for information about Brandon's plans, but it was the perfect opportunity.
- In Homer he is one of the best and bravest of the heroes, and the favourite of Athena, whereas in later legend he is cowardly and deceitful.