• IPA: /dɪˈsiːt/

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.
  3. (uncountable) The state of being deceitful or deceptive.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 10:7 ↗:
      His mouth is full of curſing, and deceit, and fraud : vnder his tongue is miſchiefe and vanitie.
  4. (legal) 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.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Falschheit
  • Russian: обма́нчивость

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