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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·ceit /dɪˈsit/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 Syn: -- Deception; fraud; imposition; duplicity; trickery; guile; falsifying; double-dealing; stratagem. See Deception.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the quality of being fraudulent [syn: fraudulence]
      2: a misleading falsehood [syn: misrepresentation, deception]
      3: the act of deceiving [syn: deception, dissembling, dissimulation]