What is another word for deceptive?

Synonyms for deceptive
dɪˈsɛp tɪvde·cep·tive

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term deceptive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deceptive, delusoryadjective

    causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true

    "deceptive calm"; "a delusory pleasure"

    misleading, shoddy, delusory

    honorable, honest, real(a)

  2. deceptive, misleading, shoddyadjective

    designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently

    "the deceptive calm in the eye of the storm"; "deliberately deceptive packaging"; "a misleading similarity"; "statistics can be presented in ways that are misleading"; "shoddy business practices"

    cheapjack, misleading, shoddy, tawdry, jerry-built, delusory

    honorable, honest, real(a)

Editors Contribution

  1. ingenuine

    to deceive or be unauthentic.

    when asked to explain his whereabouts that night he gave misleading information

    Submitted by rinat on January 4, 2016  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. deceptiveadjective

    deceitful, deceiving, delusive, illusive, illusory, misleading, fallacious, clap-trap, false

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. deceptiveadjective

    delusive, fallacious, deceitful, specious, insidious, sophistical

    guileless, candid, ingenuous, sincere, open

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "deceptive":

    misleading, fraudulent, deceitful, illusory, false, fallacious, specious

How to pronounce deceptive?

How to say deceptive in sign language?

Words popularity by usage frequency


How to use deceptive in a sentence?

  1. Rob Leathern:

    The people who push these kinds of ads are persistent, they are well-funded and they are constantly evolving their deceptive tactics to get around our systems.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Manage your Anger, because Anger is a highly deceptive and self-destructive sword. Anger would totally destroy the person who possesses it rather than the people against whom it gets directed. Greek Mythology also teaches us that when Gods wish to destroy someone, they always make her/him angry first. So, manage your Anger effectively, for your own sake, so that Anger would never be able to destroy you; never ever!

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Many events in life can be likened with ever-receding mirages that always deceive the traveller in the desert. We sometimes run after alluring attractive dreams in the hope of reaching them, but to no avail. At some stage, we discover that all those were only our delusions....the dreams, the people and the promises that we ran after were not really what we thought them to be. At that juncture, it's best to move on with life, and not to think of those failed dreams, deceptive people, and broken promises. In my view, recognizing the delusional mirages in right time is most important for the traveller - because it's the first step in the direction of clear path, which can often lead to the Oasis, the ultimate Success. Life is nothing but moving on! La Vie Continue!

  4. Texas House Democrats:

    Key Republican lawmakers are meddling with the very core of Key Republican lawmakers democracy and with the most fundamental rights of Key Republican lawmakers constituents. Key Republican lawmakers can not deliberate on these issues through a process that is at best a blundering mess and at worst a deceptive, hyperpartisan sham.

  5. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday:

    The order addresses deceptive practices by Higher One that misled students who obtained financial aid disbursements from institutions of higher education through Higher One.

Images & Illustrations of deceptive

  1. deceptive

Translations for deceptive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for deceptive »


Find a translation for the deceptive synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)


Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:


"deceptive." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 22 Oct. 2021. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/deceptive>.

Discuss these deceptive synonyms with the community:


    Are we missing a good synonym for deceptive?

    Browse Synonyms.com

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a human thesaurus?

    Which of the following terms is an antonym of "Grievous"?
    • A. deplorable
    • B. baleful
    • C. trifling
    • D. afflictive

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for deceptive: