duplicity

Definition of duplicity

du`plic´i`ty
n.1.Doubleness; a twofold state.
Do not affect duplicities nor triplicities, nor any certain number of parts in your division of things.
- I. Watts.
2.Doubleness of heart or speech; insincerity; a sustained form of deception which consists in entertaining or pretending to entertain one set of feelings, and acting as if influenced by another; bad faith.
Far from the duplicity wickedly charged on him, he acted his part with alacrity and resolution.
- Burke.
3.(Law) The use of two or more distinct allegations or answers, where one is sufficient.

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