duplicity

[ doo-plis-i-tee, dyoo- ]SEE DEFINITION OF duplicity
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This perpetual atmosphere of duplicity was positively distasteful.

He was irritated, too, by a suspicion of duplicity in the members of the force.

Here was a man after his own heart, which loved intrigue and duplicity.

But Cunningham's duplicity had more and closer folds than his own.

But the concealment, the lying and duplicity, these cannot be pardoned until they have been confessed.

Say it could be done by any arts of cunning or duplicity, what then?

At his meeting with Pete he realised for the first time to what depths his duplicity had degraded him.

The consciousness of his own inferiority, his own duplicity, made him hate Pete.

Its duplicity is such that it will deceive a scientific instrument.

All that he had seen of life was duplicity, falsehood, selfishness, and treachery.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Old French duplicite (13c.), from Late Latin duplicitatem (nominative duplicitas) "doubleness," in Medieval Latin "ambiguity," noun of quality from duplex (genitive duplicis) "twofold." The notion is of being "double" in one's conduct (cf. Greek diploos "treacherous, double-minded," literally "twofold, double").

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