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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a web of intrigue/deceit/deception/lies etc
veil of secrecy/deceit/silence etc
▪ He had apparently recovered from his visit to Johanna, hiding his feelings behind the usual veil of secrecy.
▪ Justice can not prevail under a veil of secrecy or behind doors that do not open.
▪ The client has thrown a veil of secrecy over the development, with contractors reluctant to discuss the project.
▪ He now found himself in a world where deceit was accepted, even expected.
▪ His political opponents have accused him of corruption and deceit.
▪ The government has a sad history of deceit in its dealings with Indians.
▪ Any other parties must be able to allege fraud or deceit.
▪ Murder, deceit, and malice await Sara when she comes to visit her great-aunt Contessa Belzoni in Venice of the 1880s.
▪ Often, he'd involved others in the deceit.
▪ Precisely for this reason, you end up by trusting no one and suspecting everyone of possible deceit.
▪ The students harboured hidden resentment and committed deceit.
▪ The wedge this deceit drove between us only served to make me love Kip more.
▪ This caused an angry confrontation and Minton apologised for his deceit.
▪ Urban renewal was the greatest deceit True, slum property was being cleared.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French deceite, fem. past participle of deceveir (see deceive).\n\nDeceit is a shorter and more energetic word for deceitfulness, indicating the quality; it is also, but more rarely, used to express the act or manner of deceiving. The reverse is true of deception, which is properly the act or course by which one deceives, and not properly the quality; it may express the state of being deceived. Fraud is an act or series of acts of deceit by which one attempts to benefit himself at the expense of others. It is generally a breaking of the law; the others are not.

[entry for "deceit" in "The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia," 1902]


n. 1 An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick 2 An act of deceive someone

  1. n. the quality of being fraudulent [syn: fraudulence]

  2. a misleading falsehood [syn: misrepresentation, deception]

  3. the act of deceiving [syn: deception, dissembling, dissimulation]

Deceit (album)

Deceit is the second and final studio album by English experimental rock band This Heat. It was recorded in 1981 and released in September of the same year by Rough Trade Records. The title is in part a pun on the band's name.

Deceit is regarded as a classic of the post-punk era, and was ranked at number 20 on Pitchfork's list of the greatest albums of the 1980s.

Deceit (Doctor Who novel)

Deceit is an original novel written by Peter Darvill-Evans and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice. Also included is Doctor Who Magazine comic character Abslom Daak, in his first appearance outside DWM. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Darvill-Evans, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine #198.

Deceit (disambiguation)

Deceit is the propagation of beliefs that are not true.

  • The tort of deceit in Derry v Peek] and Freeman v. Palsey

Deceit may also refer to:

Deceit (1989 film)

Deceit is a 1989 minimalist science fiction film. The entire film was shot in three days. The plot follows aliens who decide to postpone their plans to destroy Earth until they are able to have sexual relations with some of the women on the planet.

Deceit (1923 film)

Deceit (sometimes referred to as The Deceit) is a 1923 American silent black-and-white film. It is a conventional melodrama directed by Oscar Micheaux. Like many of Micheaux's films, Deceit casts clerics in a negative light. Although the film was shot in 1921, it was not released until 1923. Its survival status is classified as unknown, which suggests that it is a lost film.

Deceit (TV serial)

Deceit is a 2000 British two-part mystery television serial categorized as both a drama and a thriller. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Clare Francis. Stuart Orme served as director and Nicolas Brown served as producer. It was remade as an American television movie with the same title in 2004.

Deceit (1999 film)

Deceit ( Italian: Il gioco) is a 1999 Italian mystery film. The working title was Commedia.

Deceit (2004 film)

Deceit is a 2004 American television movie adapted from the 2000 British television serial of the same name. Marlo Thomas, the film's leading actress, also served as executive producer. This crime film follows Ellen McCarthy (Thomas) in her attempt to determine the circumstances of her rich husband's disappearance at sea. It was first broadcast on March 15, 2004 by Lifetime Television.

Deceit (2009 film)

Deceit is a 2009 American short film. The story takes place during the Vietnam War and revolves around a young girl and three soldiers trapped in a defensive fighting position. The film received the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at the 2009 Cinema City International Film Festival. It was also accepted by the SoCal Film Festival.

Deceit (horse)

Deceit (foaled May 3, 1968 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racemare bred by Leslie Combs II and Charles H. Wacker III and owned by E. P. Taylor's Windfields Farm. Deceit was sired by Prince John, a four-time leading broodmare sire in North America, and out of the mare Double Agent, a daughter of Double Jay who was the 1946 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and also a four-time leading broodmare sire in North America.

Trained by Del Carroll, Deceit raced successfully from age two to four, winning several of the important U.S. northeast races for her gender including the Astarita and Fashion Stakes at age two and the first two legs of the Triple Tiara, the Acorn and Mother Goose Stakes at three.

Deceit (2013 Kenyan film)

Deceit is a short Thrilling-Drama directed by Mark Wambui. The film was nominated for the 2nd Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2014 (AMVCA) Under Best New Media/Online Category and the 35th Durban International Film Festival .

Usage examples of "deceit".

In all the deeds of Melkor the Morgoth upon Arda, in his vast works and in the deceits of his cunning, Sauron had a part, and was only less evil than his master in that for long he served another and not himself.

Reagan and the two Bushes were and are not only great political leaders but also paragons of truth and morality, and that Bill Clinton and the Democrats are exemplars of debauchery and deceit, let us agree that neither of these extreme sentiments are quite accurate.

He does not know that his inward enjoyment consists in craftiness, defrauding, deceit, clandestine theft, and many other evils, and that this enjoyment, made up of so many enjoyments of the lusts of evil, governs each and all things of his external thought, in which he enjoys appearing just and sincere.

Filled with visions of murder, mayhem, deceit, fear, psychopathia, crime and rotten interpersonal relationships.

As soon as they had delivered their presents, which were received by the proper officers, they exposed, in a florid oration, the wishes of the Roman emperor, that victory might attend the arms of the Turks, that their reign might be long and prosperous, and that a strict alliance, without envy or deceit, might forever be maintained between the two most powerful nations of the earth.

By these means of introduction, the Tyrolese soon monopolised the custom of a great many noble families, upon which he levied large contributions, without incurring the least suspicion of deceit.

She therefore demanded security, and proposed, as a preliminary of the agreement, that he should privately take her to wife, with a view to dispel all her apprehensions of his inconstancy or deceit, as such a previous engagement would be a check upon his behaviour, and keep him strictly to the letter of their contract.

By that letter, which you committed to the charge of my worthy friend Joshua, the fatal veil was removed from my eyes, which had been so long darkened by the artifices of incredible deceit, and my own incurable misery fully presented to my view.

I should thus be guilty of towards her, but also thank me at the end, and like me all the better for my deceit.

I was thunderstruck at the impudence of the fellow, who, after imposing on me so long, had himself put me in a position to discover his deceit.

How was it that nothing revealed to upright hearts the deceits of infamous hearts?

In all my years at the court of these emperors I have learned to extricate myself from the traps of masters of deceit far more sly than you By your own confession, you no longer know who you are, perhaps because you have told too many lies, even to yourself.

The alliance led to a confrontation in which the deceit and scheming of the Jevlenese was exposed, revealing the network of infiltrators by which they had endeavored to subvert modern-day Earth after the attempts to block its technological advancement failed.

The Elector knows all about it, and as a punishment for this deceit he has ordered me to tell you that you are not to leave Bonn to-morrow.

But defenders of the Pentagon have always denied such charges, arguing that senior officials would never engage in such deceit.