Definition of deceit:
- 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.
- 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.
guilefulness, conjuring trick, shiftiness, crookery, finesse, fabrication, hypocrisy, dissembling, cheating, trickery, hoax, smoke and mirrors, deception, mendacity, guile, magic, humbug, magic trick, falsification, wiliness, pretence, feigning, dupery, imposition, lying, honest, double-dealing, misconduct, dissimulation, sham, craft, prevarication, illusion, misrepresentation, corruption, put-on, artifice, craftiness, mendaciousness, conjuration, trick, cozenage, deceitfulness, untruthfulness, fraudulence, legerdemain, cunningness, thaumaturgy, foxiness, foul play, lie, cunning, untruth.
- falsehood (part of speech: noun)
- pretension (part of speech: noun)
- "Across Asia on a Bicycle", Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben.
- "The Passionate Friends", Herbert George Wells.
- "The Country Doctor", Honore de Balzac.