Definition of deceit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈsiːt//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsiːt//
[uncountable, countable] Dishonest
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dishonest behaviour that is intended to make somebody believe something that is not true; an example of this behaviour synonym deception He was accused of lies and deceit. Everyone was involved in this web of deceit. Their marriage was an illusion and a deceit. See related entries: Dishonest Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, past participle (used as a noun) of deceveir ‘deceive’.Word Familydeceive verbdeceit noundeceitful adjectivedeception noundeceptive adjectiveExtra examples She felt they were trying to draw her into their web of deceit. He did not want to get drawn into this web of deceit. She realized that their whole relationship had been based on lies and deceit.
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