Meaning of “deceit” in the English Dictionary

"deceit" in British English

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deceitnoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈsiːt/ us /dɪˈsiːt/

(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 /dɪˈsiːt.fəl/ us /dɪˈsiːt.fəl/

deceitful behaviour
deceitfully
adverb uk /dɪˈsiːt.fəl.i/ us /dɪˈsiːt.fəl.i/
deceitfulness
noun [ U ] uk /dɪˈsiːt.fəl.nəs/ us /dɪˈsiːt.fəl.nəs/

(Definition of “deceit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deceit" in American English

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deceitnoun [ U ]

us /dɪˈsit/

speech or behavior that keeps the truth hidden:

All we hear from them are lies and deceit.
deceitful
adjective us /dɪˈsit·fəl/

She just assumes that elected leaders are cynical and deceitful.

(Definition of “deceit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deceit" in Business English

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deceitnoun [ U ]

uk /dɪˈsiːt/ us

dishonest or illegal methods used by a person or organization in order to get something or to make people believe that something is true when it is not:

(Definition of “deceit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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