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.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell
It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. Noel Coward
When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit. John Dryden
Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins. Edward Kennedy
A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. Henry A. Wallace