deceitful

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deceit +‎ -ful

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈsiːtfʊl/, /-fl̩/

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deceitful (comparative more deceitful, superlative most deceitful)

  1. Deliberately misleading or cheating.
    • c. 1590, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, [Act II, scene vii]:
      All theſe are ſeruants to deceitfull men.
    • 1611, Bible (King James Version), Proverbs 27:6:
      Faithfull are the woundes of a friend : but the kiſſes of an enemy are deceitfull.
    • a. 1826, Thomas Moore, “This World Is All a Fleeting Show”, in The Works of Thomas Moore, page 471:
      This world is all a fleeting show, / For man’s illusion given ; / The smiles of Joy, the tears of Woe, / Deceitful shine, deceitful flow — / There’s nothing true but Heaven !
  2. deceptive, two-faced

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