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- The state or quality of being deceitful.
- 1839, Charles Dickens, chapter 42, in Nicholas Nickleby:
- 'This is the hend, is it, of all my bearing with her deceitfulness, her lowness, her falseness, her laying herself out to catch the admiration of vulgar minds . . .'
- 1903, Andy Adams, The Log of a Cowboy: A Narrative of the Old Trail Days, ch. 20 "A Moonlight Drive",
- The lanterns both rear and forward being always in sight, I was as much at sea as any one as to the length of the herd, knowing the deceitfulness of distance of campfires and other lights by night.