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Synonyms for deceit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fraudulence, deceit(noun)

    the quality of being fraudulent

    hoax, fraud, dupery, fraudulence, dissimulation, misrepresentation, humbug, duplicity, deception, put-on, dissembling

  2. misrepresentation, deceit, deception(noun)

    a misleading falsehood

    thaumaturgy, magic trick, trick, fraudulence, falsification, conjuring trick, dissimulation, conjuration, deception, legerdemain, magic, misrepresentation, illusion, dissembling

  3. deception, deceit, dissembling, dissimulation(noun)

    the act of deceiving

    deception, dissembling, trick, pretence, legerdemain, fraudulence, magic trick, feigning, conjuring trick, thaumaturgy, dissimulation, illusion, misrepresentation, magic, conjuration, pretense


  1. deceit(noun)

    An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick

    The whole conversation was merely a deceit.

    deception, deceitfulness, trick, fraudulence, fraud, trickery, underhandedness, dissimulation, deceptiveness

  2. deceit(noun)

    An act of deceiving someone

    fraudulence, dissimulation, deception, deceitfulness, trick, fraud, trickery, deceptiveness, underhandedness

  3. deceit(noun)

    The state of being deceitful or deceptive

    fraud, trickery, underhandedness, deceitfulness, deceptiveness, fraudulence, trick, deception, dissimulation

  4. deceit(noun)

    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.

    deception, fraud, deceitfulness, trick, dissimulation, trickery, deceptiveness, underhandedness, fraudulence

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. deceit

    Deceit is the habit, deception the act; guile applies to the disposition out of which deceit and deception grow, and also to their actual practise. A lie, lying, or falsehood, is the uttering of what one knows to be false with intent to deceive. The novel or drama is not a lie, because not meant to deceive; the ancient teaching that the earth was flat was not a lie, because not then known to be false. Untruth is more than lack of accuracy, implying always lack of veracity; but it is a somewhat milder and more dignified word than lie. Falsehood and lying are in utterance; deceit and deception may be merely in act or implication. Deception may be innocent, and even unintentional, as in the case of an optical illusion; deceit always involves injurious intent. Craft and cunning have not necessarily any moral quality; they are common traits of animals, but stand rather low in the human scale. Duplicity is the habitual speaking or acting with intent to appear to mean what one does not. Dissimulation is rather a concealing of what is than a pretense of what is not. Finesse is simply an adroit and delicate management of a matter for one's own side, not necessarily involving deceit. Compare ARTIFICE; FICTION; FRAUD; HYPOCRISY.

    craft, cunning, deceitfulness, deception, delusion, dissimulation, double-dealing, duplicity, fabrication, falsehood, finesse, fraud, guile, hypocrisy, imposition, lie, lying, prevarication, trickery, untruth

    candor, fair dealing, frankness, guilelessness, honesty, openness, simplicity, sincerity, truth, veracity

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. deceit

    cheat, imposition, trick, fraud, deception, double dealing, delusion, circumvention, guile, bewilderment, treachery, sham, insidiousness, indirection, duplicity, cunning, artifice

    enlightenment, instruction, guidance, reality, verily, fair-dealing, honesty, openness

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. deceit(n.)

    deception, fraud, imposition, imposture, finesse, artifice, duplicity, guile, trickery, cozenage, cheating, double dealing

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. deceit(n)

    deception, imposition, trickery, chicanery, artifice, delusion, circumvention, guile, duplicity, imposture finesse, dissimulation, cozenage, trumpery, fallacy

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "deceit":

    deception, fraud, cheating, treachery, lie, delusion, dishonesty, duplicity, trickery, scam, hoax

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How to use deceit in a sentence?

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We occasionally find ourselves either standing in the midst of miserable misunderstanding, or stepping into it totally unintentionally. Misunderstandings can often arise because of our undue reading between the lines, or hearing the unspoken words. Sometimes it's prudent to accept and trust, and take everything at its face value, despite so much of deceit and blatant lies all around.

  2. Nicholas II of Russia:

    All around me is cowardice and deceit.

  3. Sovereign:

    In all things there are three choices: Yes, No & no choice, except in this -- I either choose the truth or I am deceit.

  4. RJ Intindola:

    Our moral code is constantly evolving; it’s impacted by the betrayers, masters of deceit, and the pseudo-truth tellers among us, even those we love.

  5. John Dryden:

    When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.

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