- 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."Making the ephah small and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit." [Amos viii. 5.]"Friendly to man, far from deceit or guile." [Milton.]"Yet still we hug the dear deceit." [N. Cotton.]
- [Law] 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: Deception; fraud; imposition; duplicity; trickery; guile; falsifying; double-dealing; stratagem. See Deception.
Etymology: OF. deceit desçait deceptcf. deceite deçoite), fr. L. deceptus deception, fr. decipere. See Deceive