browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
deceit

more about deceit

deceit


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deceit  \De*ceit"\,  n.  [OF.  deceit,  des[,c]ait,  decept  (cf. 
  deceite,  de[,c]oite),  fr  L.  deceptus  deception,  fr 
  decipere  See  {Deceive}.] 
  1.  An  attempt  or  disposition  to  deceive  or  lead  into  error; 
  any  declaration,  artifice,  or  practice,  which  misleads 
  another,  or  causes  him  to  believe  what  is  false;  a 
  contrivance  to  entrap;  deception;  a  wily  device;  fraud. 
 
  Making  the  ephah  small  and  the  shekel  great,  and 
  falsifying  the  balances  by  deceit.  --Amos  viii. 
  5. 
 
  Friendly  to  man,  far  from  deceit  or  guile.  --Milton. 
 
  Yet  still  we  hug  the  dear  deceit.  --N.  Cotton. 
 
  2.  (Law)  Any  trick,  collusion,  contrivance,  false 
  representation,  or  underhand  practice,  used  to  defraud 
  another.  When  injury  is  thereby  effected,  an  action  of 
  deceit,  as  it  called  lies  for  compensation. 
 
  Syn:  Deception;  fraud;  imposition;  duplicity;  trickery; 
  guile;  falsifying;  double-dealing;  stratagem.  See 
  {Deception}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deceit 
  n  1:  the  quality  of  being  fraudulent  [syn:  {fraudulence}] 
  2:  a  misleading  falsehood  [syn:  {misrepresentation},  {deception}] 
  3:  the  act  of  deceiving  [syn:  {deception},  {dissembling},  {dissimulation}] 




more about deceit