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de·ceit  audio  (d-st) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The act or practice of deceiving; deception.
  2. A stratagem; a trick.
  3. The quality of being deceitful; falseness.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English deceite, from Old French, from past participle of deceveir, to deceive ; see deceive


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