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deceitful adj
1 intended to deceive; "deceitful advertising"; "fallacious testimony"; "smooth, shining, and deceitful as thin ice" - S.T.Coleridge; "a fraudulent scheme to escape paying taxes" [syn: fallacious, fraudulent]
2 marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another; "she was a deceitful scheming little thing"- Israel Zangwill; "a double-dealing double agent"; "a double-faced infernal traitor and schemer"- W.M.Thackeray [syn: ambidextrous, double-dealing, duplicitous, Janus-faced, two-faced, double-faced, double-tongued]

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Adjective

  1. deliberately misleading or cheating
  2. deceptive in multiple ways

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