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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deceit mean? 

DECEIT (noun)
  The noun DECEIT has 3 senses:

1. the quality of being fraudulent
2. a misleading falsehood
3. the act of deceiving

  Familiarity information: DECEIT used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

DECEIT (noun)

Sense 1deceit [BACK TO TOP]


The quality of being fraudulent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


deceit; fraudulence

Hypernyms ("deceit" is a kind of...):

dishonesty (the quality of being dishonest)

Sense 2deceit [BACK TO TOP]


A misleading falsehood

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


deception; misrepresentation; deceit

Hypernyms ("deceit" is a kind of...):

falsehood; falsity; untruth (a false statement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deceit"):

dissembling; feigning; pretence; pretense (pretending with intention to deceive)

blind; subterfuge (something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity)

hanky panky; hocus-pocus; jiggery-pokery; skulduggery; skullduggery; slickness; trickery (verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way)

duplicity; fraudulence (a fraudulent or duplicitous representation)

snow job (a long and elaborate misrepresentation)

exaggeration; magnification; overstatement (making to seem more important than it really is)

facade; window dressing (a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant)

half-truth (a partially true statement intended to deceive or mislead)

humbug; snake oil (communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive)

bill of goods (communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable)

equivocation; evasion (a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth)

Sense 3deceit [BACK TO TOP]


The act of deceiving

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


dissimulation; deception; dissembling; deceit

Hypernyms ("deceit" is a kind of...):

falsification; misrepresentaation (a willful perversion of facts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deceit"):

fakery (the act of faking (or the product of faking))

take-in (the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone)

bluff; four flush (the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards)

obscurantism (a deliberate act intended to make something obscure)

impersonation; imposture (pretending to be another person)

feigning; pretence; pretending; pretense; simulation (the act of giving a false appearance)

delusion; head game; illusion (the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas)

cheat; cheating (a deception for profit to yourself)

double-dealing; duplicity (acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another)

chicane; chicanery; guile; shenanigan; trickery; wile (the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them))

indirection (deceitful action that is not straightforward)

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