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Borrowing from Old French deceite, deçoite, from decevoir (to deceive), from Latin dēcipere (to cheat, mislead).



deceit (plural deceits)

  1. An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick
    The whole conversation was merely a deceit.
  2. An act of deceiving someone
    • 1998, Mike Dixon-Kennedy, Encyclopedia of Greco-Roman Mythology, page 125:
      Upon his return he killed Eriphyle for her vanity and deceit of him and his father.
  3. (uncountable) The state of being deceitful or deceptive
    • 1611, “Psalms 10:7”, in King James Bible:
      His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
  4. (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.


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