Adjective "deceitful" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Guilty of or involving deceit; deceiving or misleading others.
  1. 'such an act would have been deceitful and irresponsible'
  2. 'Symkyn was extremely deceitful and dishonest in his work and cheated the college most of all.'
  3. 'His behavior was not only deceitful and unethical, but it was also potentially damaging to his own party.'
  4. 'I forced a smile, a lying, deceitful, false smile, as if that was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard.'
  5. 'But the more you look into his claims, the more they seem deceitful.'
  6. 'Choderlos de Laclos' 18 th-century novel is a marvellous monument to lust, guilt and deceitful manipulation written in letter form.'
  7. 'It really is such a shame that society has turned us into such deceitful people.'
  8. 'In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry and deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs.'
  9. 'Obviously, business risk is inherent in investing and we can't protect against it, but we can protect against risks of dishonesty and deceitful conduct.'
  10. 'You think he is deceitful because you feel that you were led to believe that he, too, might fall in love.'
  11. 'She was deceitful and had absolutely no conscience.'
  12. 'It did not necessarily mean that any of the witnesses were being deliberately deceitful and dishonest.'
  13. 'He was an okay guy as far as basketball went, but in other areas of life, the guy was conniving and deceitful.'
  14. 'Of course I don't think that the purveyors of ID really think this way, it's just a deceitful and hypocritical marketing strategy.'
  15. 'It is often frivolous, vehement but mostly passionless, lazily deceitful or ill-informed and without political substance or influence.'
  16. 'He was an unprincipled, deceitful, arrogant young man, dangerous to those around him and too powerful for his own good.'
  17. '‘She was ruthlessly ambitious, sexually rapacious, and blatantly deceitful,’ said Leigh.'
  18. 'So when I tell you now that you should come clean to your wife, it's because I believe you when you say that you are a reformed character and that it is now no longer part of your make-up to be deceitful.'
  19. 'So I think both sides are being untruthful and even deceitful on this.'
  20. 'The potential for dishonourable companies to act in this deceitful and dishonest manner will be given oxygen and allowed to profit by using the method blueprinted in this matter.'



1. given to deceiving: A deceitful person cannot keep friends for long.

2. intended to deceive; misleading; fraudulent: a deceitful action.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be deceitful."

"ways can be deceitful."

"speeches can be deceitful."

"reforms can be deceitful."

"campaigns can be deceitful."

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