Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Given to cheating or deceiving.
  • adj. Deliberately misleading; deceptive. See Synonyms at dishonest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. deliberately misleading or cheating
  • adj. deceptive in multiple ways

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of, or characterized by, deceit; serving to mislead or insnare; trickish; fraudulent; cheating; insincere.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of deceit; tending to mislead, deceive, or insnare; tricky; fraudulent; cheating.
  • Synonyms Deceptive, Deceitful, etc. (see deceptive), delusive, fallacious, insincere, hypocritical, false, hollow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
  • adj. intended to deceive

Etymologies

deceit +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The counselor to the president's accusing the network of what it calls deceitful editing, twisting the president's words.

    CNN Transcript May 20, 2008

  • And then it was that we told the "innocent child" (that's what we call the deceitful cat) everything.

    A Young Girl's Diary

  • For CBS to run an ad during a family event from an organization so hateful and deceitful is shameful.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: January 27, 2010

  • Amazingly the train halted along the dark countryside, from time to time indulging in short, deceitful movements backward or forward, and whistling harsh paeans into the high October night.

    The Beautiful and Damned

  • "If you call her deceitful, what are you?" he sputtered.

    Set in Silver

  • I must weave a veil of dazzling falsehood to hide my grief from vulgar eyes, smoothe my brow, and paint my lips in deceitful smiles -- even in solitude I dare not think how lost I am, lest I become insane and rave.

    I.9

  • And while it's hard to hear yourself called deceitful and manipulative, I remember Ben Franklin's admonition that our critics are our friends, for they do show us our faults.

    ZUG.com > ZUG Live

  • If he is acting to undercut both Israel and Canada, neither of which will participate in this sham, along with the European countries who are still on the fence, then he has elevated the word deceitful to new levels.

    Jewish Exponent News

  • None of us wants to be called deceitful, for the world has no more use for a deceitful person than this man had for a hollow tree.

    Crayon and Character: Truth Made Clear Through Eye and Ear Or, Ten-Minute Talks with Colored Chalks

  • Sometimes I was fool enough to tell my story in the hopes of getting pity and help – but telling my story always made it worse for me! some thought me crazy and others thought me deceitful, which is not to be wondered at, for I was a stranger and my adventures were, indeed, beyond belief.

    The Hidden Hand

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