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duplicity   WordNet 2.0

- acting in bad faith

- deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another

 
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- a fraudulent or duplicitous representation

 
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Duplicity   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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. Wharton.

Syn. -- Double dealing; dissimulation; deceit; guile; deception; falsehood.

 
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