If you say that someone is deceitful, you mean that they behave in a dishonest way by making other people believe something that is not true.

They claimed the government had been deceitful...

The ambassador called the report deceitful and misleading.

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  • Deceitful — De*ceit ful, a. Full of, or characterized by, deceit; serving to mislead or insnare; trickish; fraudulent; cheating; insincere. [1913 Webster] Harboring foul deceitful thoughts. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deceitful — index collusive, colorable (specious), deceptive, delusive, devious, dishonest, disingenuous, evasive …   Law dictionary

  • deceitful — mid 15c., from DECEIT (Cf. deceit) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Deceitfully; deceitfulness …   Etymology dictionary

  • deceitful — *dishonest, mendacious, lying, untruthful Analogous words: crafty, tricky, wily, guileful, foxy, insidious, cunning, *sly, artful: underhand, underhanded, stealthy, furtive, clandestine (see SECRET): *crooked, devious, oblique: delusory,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deceitful — [adj] dishonest, insincere artful, astucious, astute, beguiling, clandestine, counterfeit, crafty, cunning, deceiving, deceptive, delusive, delusory, designing, disingenuous, double dealing, duplicitous, fallacious, false, feline, foxy,… …   New thesaurus

  • deceitful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ acting to deceive others. DERIVATIVES deceitfully adverb deceitfulness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • deceitful — [dē sēt′fəl, disēt′fəl] adj. 1. tending to deceive; apt to lie or cheat 2. intended to deceive; deceptive; false SYN. DISHONEST deceitfully adv. deceitfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • deceitful — adj. deceitful to + inf. (it was deceitful to say such things behind her back) * * * [dɪ siːtf(ə)l] deceitful to + inf. (it was deceitful to say such things behind her back) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • deceitful — adjective Date: 15th century having a tendency or disposition to deceive: a. not honest < a deceitful child > b. deceptive, misleading < deceitful advertising > Synonyms: see dishonest • deceitfully adverb • …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • deceitful — deceitfully, adv. deceitfulness, n. /di seet feuhl/, adj. 1. given to deceiving: A deceitful person cannot keep friends for long. 2. intended to deceive; misleading; fraudulent: a deceitful action. [1400 50; late ME; see DECEIT, FUL] Syn. 1.… …   Universalium

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