Deceit

Definition of Deceit

De`ceit´
n.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.

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