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deceit

noun [C or U] uk   /dɪˈsiːt/ us  
(an act of) keeping the truth hidden, especially to get an advantage: The story is about theft, fraud, and deceit on an incredible scale. When the newspapers published the full story, all his earlier deceits were revealed.
deceitful
adjective uk   /-fəl/ us  
deceitful behaviour
deceitfully
adverb uk   /-fə.li/ us  
deceitfulness
noun [U] uk   /-fəl.nəs/ us  
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