Deceit is purposeful falsehood. If you want to keep your true love true to you, avoid any acts of deceit.

Deceit comes from the Latin for "cheat." When you deceive someone, you give them a false impression, mislead them so as to get away with something bad. If a person speaks in a way that gives a false impression, we call the way he speaks "deceptive." If someone pretends to be someone else, that’s an act of deceit, like when a thief pretends to be a valet parking attendant and takes off with your car.

Definitions of deceit
  1. noun
    the quality of being fraudulent
    synonyms: fraudulence
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    type of:
    the quality of being dishonest
  2. noun
    a misleading falsehood
    synonyms: deception, misrepresentation
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    bill of goods
    communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable
    humbug, snake oil
    communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive
    a partially true statement intended to deceive or mislead
    facade, window dressing
    a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
    exaggeration, magnification, overstatement
    making to seem more important than it really is
    snow job
    a long and elaborate misrepresentation
    dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense
    pretending with intention to deceive
    blind, subterfuge
    something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
    hanky panky, hocus-pocus, jiggery-pokery, skulduggery, skullduggery, slickness, trickery
    verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
    duplicity, fraudulence
    a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
    equivocation, evasion
    a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
    pretense that your position is stronger than it really is
    pretext, stalking-horse
    something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
    hypocrisy, lip service
    an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
    circumlocution, indirect expression
    an indirect way of expressing something
    any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not
    hedge, hedging
    an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement
    cavil, quibble, quiddity
    an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
    type of:
    falsehood, falsity, untruth
    a false statement
  3. noun
    the act of deceiving
    synonyms: deception, dissembling, dissimulation
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    the act of faking (or the product of faking)
    deceitful action that is not straightforward
    chicane, chicanery, guile, shenanigan, trickery, wile
    the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
    double-dealing, duplicity
    acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
    cheat, cheating
    a deception for profit to yourself
    delusion, head game, illusion
    the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
    feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation
    the act of giving a false appearance
    impersonation, imposture
    pretending to be another person
    a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
    bluff, four flush
    the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
    the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone
    dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, put-on
    something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
    artful trickery designed to achieve an end
    an act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage)
    appearance, show
    pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
    make-believe, pretend
    the enactment of a pretense
    affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose
    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
    making a false outward show
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    falsification, misrepresentation
    a willful perversion of facts
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