Definition of duplicity :
1. Doubleness of heart or speech; insincerity; a sustained form of deception which consists in entertaining or pretending to entertain one of feelings, and acting as if influenced by another; bad faith.
2. Doubleness; a twofold state.
3. In indictments, the union of two incompatible offenses.
4. The use of two or more distinct allegations or answers, where one is sufficient.
finesse, untruth, deceitfulness, hoax, guile, put-on, fabrication, deception, prevarication, craft, lie, humbug, imposition, cunning, shiftiness, double dealing, lying, honest, hypocrisy, dupery, dissimulation, trickery, fraud
falsehood (part of speech: noun)
- Ethelyn was making a terrible mistake, and she knew it, hating herself for her duplicity, and vaguely hoping that something would happen to save her from the fate she so much dreaded. - "Ethelyn's Mistake", Mary Jane Holmes.
- But Mehemet Pasha showed the usual and insulting duplicity of the Turk, for the Consul- General heard afterwards that, instead of giving Regini a new house, he increased the rent of his old one. - "Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846", James Richardson.
- Wilkinson had a long record of duplicity, which was suspected but never proved by his contemporaries. - "Jefferson and his Colleagues A Chronicle of the Virginia Dynasty, Volume 15 In The Chronicles Of America Series", Allen Johnson.