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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun De*ceit"
  1. 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.]
  2. [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

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of deceiving
  2. The quality of being fraudulent
  3. A misleading falsehood

Borrowing from Old French deceite.

  1. An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick
    The whole conversation was merely a .
  2. An act of deceiving someone
  3. (uncountable) The state of being deceitful or deceptive
  4. (law) The tort or fraudulent representation of a material fact made with knowledge of its falsity, or recklessly, or without reasonable grounds for believing its truth and with intent to induce reliance on it; the plaintiff justifiably relies on the deception, to his injury.

Fun Facts about the name Deceit

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Past life for Deceit born Sep 30, 1981

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Tibet approximately on 1475. Your profession was artist, magician, and fortune teller.

Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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