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  • Crafty, deceitful. Neapolitan
    Crafty, deceitful. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj deceitful marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another "she was a deceitful scheming little thing"- Israel Zangwill","a double-dealing double agent","a double-faced infernal traitor and schemer"- W.M.Thackeray"
    • adj deceitful intended to deceive "deceitful advertising","fallacious testimony","smooth, shining, and deceitful as thin ice" - S.T.Coleridge","a fraudulent scheme to escape paying taxes"
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Deceit. Neapolitan Deceit. Neapolitan
Appearances are deceitful Appearances are deceitful

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Deceitful Full of, or characterized by, deceit; serving to mislead or insnare; trickish; fraudulent; cheating; insincere. "Harboring foul deceitful thoughts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deceitful Full of deceit; tending to mislead, deceive, or insnare; tricky; fraudulent; cheating.
    • deceitful Synonyms Deceptive, Deceitful, etc. (see deceptive), delusive, fallacious, insincere, hypocritical, false, hollow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Deceitful full of deceit: disposed or tending to deceive: insincere
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  • George Eliot
    “It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the dear deceit of beauty.”
  • Demosthenes
    “Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.”
  • Hitopadesa
    “The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.”
  • John Tillotson
    John Tillotson
    “The art of using deceit and cunning grow continually weaker and less effective to the user.”
  • Bible
    “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
  • John Dryden
    “When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr., from L. decipĕre, deceptum, to deceive.


In literature:

He doesn't mind a little deceit.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
But then appearances might be deceitful.
"Gryll Grange" by Thomas Love Peacock
How naturally do we fall into treachery and deceit, from the evil in our own hearts, without any assistance or example from the world.
"The Little Savage" by Captain Frederick Marryat
It is a most deceitful and hollow world!
"The Children of the New Forest" by Captain Marryat
But it was not to last: I was to be punished for my deceit.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
Though he had been silent, he had known that the evil and the deceit would work round upon him.
"Dr. Wortle's School" by Anthony Trollope
But appearances are proverbially deceitful.
"Much Darker Days" by Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
I must say I am disappointed in you, for it seems to me you were deceitful as well as disobedient.
"The Pleasant Street Partnership" by Mary F. Leonard
He could be gentle as the dove, but fierce as the tiger; kind and confiding as any child, but cruel and deceitful as Lucifer transformed.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
With that safe was connected her one real bit of deceit.
"Good Old Anna" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
What could he have intended in his deceitful ruse?
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Novels appeared then to me only full of lies and deceit.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
What, then, is the pride of man but deceit, and the glories of the earth but shadows?
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
You are full of faults, but I did not think deceit was one of them.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
It makes the sweet-natured girl a deceitful, scheming liar, less frantic, but not less devoted than her lover.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
Don't go near her, she's a naughty, deceitful wretch; her jewels are false, my sweet loves, false!
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
She told herself that no deceit was unpardonable which had an honest, sound motive.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Red Loki was a mischievous, sly fellow, full of wiles and deceit, and always quick to suggest a way out of a difficulty.
"Told by the Northmen:" by E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
How would it accept her faith and frankness, her high scorn for the deceits upon which it fed?
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
Public opinion puts a premium upon deceit.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad

In poetry:

Or if such deceits there be,
Such delights I meant to say;
There are no such things to me,
Who have pass'd my right away.
"The Rose" by George Herbert
Thou God of love, thou ever-blest,
Pity my suff'ring state;
When wilt thou set my soul at rest
From lips that love deceit?
"Psalm 120" by Isaac Watts
Her house is Sloth, her door Deceit,
And slippery Hope her stairs;
Unbashful Boldness bids her guests,
And every vice repairs.
"Love's Servile Lot" by Robert Southwell
Whose thoughts, free, open, unconfin'd,
Are void of all deceit;
Where reason only rules the mind,
And keeps her God-like seat.
"The Philosopher" by Samuel Bowden
"Oh, gin ye come to my bowr within,
Thro fraud, deceit, or guile,
Wi this same bran that's in my han
I swear I will thee kill."
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
Does not my soul detest and hate
The sons of malice and deceit?
Those that oppose thy laws and thee,
I count them enemies to me.
"Psalm 139 part 3" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Fitting for a Halloween column, let's review some of the creepy masquerading of campaigns that sought to dress themselves in costumes of deceit .
Better to lose with grace than to win with deceit .
Tithing should come from the heart, not deceit .
Death and Deceit in Benghazi.
Special Report' investigates death and deceit in Benghazi.
FRANCE 24 Catholic Church Calls Gay Marriage "Ultimate Deceit ".
Yost has found evidence of deceit in some schools.
Some parents don't know how to handle kids' deceit .
Obama's deceit after people died.
The president isn't even doing us the honor of being creative in deceit .
Mike Daisey and the price of deceit .
Settlement doesn't bar deceit, fiduciary claims.
Formerly secret telexes reveal Iran's early use of deceit in nuclear program.
The internet dating scammers are bold, deceitful -- and, by helping fund terrorism -- deadly.
US says Iraq arms plan relied on deceit .

In science:

Ekman, “Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics and Marriage,” 2nd Edition, Norton, W.W. and Company, Inc., Sept. 2001.
Face Expression Recognition and Analysis: The State of the Art
Detecting lies and deceit: Pitfal ls and opportunities.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
Ploy and Counter-Ploy Radical translation is one of at least thirteen related topics involving the interplay of deceit and cooperation and its evaluation.
Does Meaning Evolve?
Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media.
Credibility in Web Search Engines