Webster 1913 Edition
deçoite), fr. L.
An attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads another, or causes him to believe what is false; a contrivance to entrap; deception; a wily device; fraud.
Making the ephah small and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by
Amos viii. 5.
Friendly to man, far from
Yet still we hug the dear
Syn. – Deception; fraud; imposition; duplicity; trickery; guile; falsifying; double-dealing; stratagem. See
Webster 1828 Edition
- deceipt (obsolete)
deceit (plural deceits)
- An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick
- The whole conversation was merely a deceit.
- 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.
- (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.
- (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.
- (act or behavior intended to deceive): trick, fraud
- (act of deceiving): deception, trickery
- (state of being deceptive): underhandedness, deceptiveness, deceitfulness, dissimulation, fraudulence, trickery
- See also Wikisaurus:deception
act or behavior intended to deceive
act or fact of deceiving
state of being deceptive
legal: fraudulent representation of a material fact