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Definition of deceit:

  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.
  2. 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.

Synonyms:

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.

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