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Webster 1913 Edition


Deceit

De-ceit′

,
Noun.
[OF.
deceit
,
desçait
,
decept
(cf.
deceite
,
deçoite
), fr. L.
deceptus
deception, fr.
decipere
. See
Deceive
.]
1.
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
deceit
.
Amos viii. 5.
Friendly to man, far from
deceit
or guile.
Milton.
Yet still we hug the dear
deceit
.
N. Cotton.
Syn. – Deception; fraud; imposition; duplicity; trickery; guile; falsifying; double-dealing; stratagem. See
Deception
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Deceit

DECE'IT

,

Definition 2022


deceit

deceit

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Noun

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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