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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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Examples from the web for deceitful
  • To survive, and to gain the information you require to overcome the scheme, you must be as deceitful as you can be.
  • Correct, but they can hardly expect to be treated with respect if they do so in an underhanded and deceitful manner.
  • Much of the so-called green industry is a pure hoax based on deceitful propaganda.
  • The annual report made no mention of false or deceitful transactions or the auditor's other worries.
  • Any return to a gold standard would include all of the state's deceitful ways of throwing a wrench into the machinery.
  • Comparing teachers and soldiers is a deliberately deceitful setup to a fool's game.
  • Much of the material can be deemed either terribly deceitful or astonishingly naive.
  • Some physicians, he said, could use this in a deceitful way to try and get as many patients as possible to the operating room.
  • There are also recognitions of the frailties of the inmates themselves, revealed in vicious and deceitful stratagems and deeds.
  • It's a deceitful trick and does nothing but put me off a brand.
British Dictionary definitions for deceitful


full of deceit
Derived Forms
deceitfully, adverb
deceitfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for deceitful

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

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