du·plic·i·ty /dʊˈplɪsəti ||djʊ-/
du·plic·i·ty n.; pl. duplicities
1. Doubleness; a twofold state. [Archaic]
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 (a) The use of two or more distinct allegations or answers, where one is sufficient. --Blackstone. (b) In indictments, the union of two incompatible offenses.
Syn: -- Double dealing; dissimulation; deceit; guile; deception; falsehood.
n 1: a fraudulent or duplicitous representation [syn: fraudulence]
2: acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain
one set of intentions while acting under the influence of
another [syn: double-dealing]