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[dih-seet-fuh l] /dɪˈsit fəl/
given to deceiving:
A deceitful person cannot keep friends for long.
intended to deceive; misleading; fraudulent:
a deceitful action.
Origin of deceitful
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see deceit, -ful
Related forms
deceitfully, adverb
deceitfulness, noun
undeceitful, adjective
1. insincere, disingenuous, false, hollow, designing, tricky, wily. 2. illusory, fallacious.
1. honest. 2. genuine. Unabridged
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  • He listened to Mr. Prohack, who spoke, in the most deceitful way, as if he had been through scores of such affairs.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • Yet, I warn you, appearances are deceitful; he is always drunker than he looks.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • I shall tell Travers, you deceitful, money-getting little fraud!

    The Place Beyond the Winds Harriet T. Comstock
  • The world is a miserable, hollow, deceitful shell of vanity and hypocrisy.

  • If it was really the cape and not the deceitful appearance of the mirage, we may be able, from that high place, to see it again.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
British Dictionary definitions for deceitful


full of deceit
Derived Forms
deceitfully, adverb
deceitfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deceitful

mid-15c., from deceit + -ful. Related: Deceitfully; deceitfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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