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.
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.
The government is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power. Ted Nugent
When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit. John Dryden
Flattery and deceit are the darlings of great men, and so with these men spread the butter on thick, if you want to get something out of them, otherwise you'll come home to me with a full belly and an empty purse. Pietro Aretino
I have never known a more vulgar expression of betrayal and deceit. Lucien Bouchard
The Washington leadership has put aside non-proliferation programmes and devoted its energies and resources to driving the country to war by extraordinary deceit, then trying to manage the catastrophe it created in Iraq. Noam Chomsky