1. the act or state of dishonesty and deception; 2. the state of being twofold
– I’m sensing duplicity on this deal; Im not sure I trust them.
– A solid contract signed by both parties is the best way to prevent duplicity on either side of the deal.
– The degree of duplicity in the affair shocked all of Fred’s friends, especially since he was thought to be an honest and upstanding member of the community.
– I could tell the store manager was being duplicitous with her kindness in order to sell me more merchandise.
deceit, insincerity, dishonesty,
honesty, sincerity, truthfulness
Claiming to adhere to certain moral principles or beliefs, but not actually doing so.
– The teenager accused his parents of being hypocritical when they stayed out all night a week after grounding him for similar behavior.
– The contrast between her words and actions reveals her hypocrisy.
– The righteous politician proved to be a hypocrite when it was revealed that he had been cheating on his wife.
– His hypocrisy is laughable; last week he disparaged me for smoking, and today I saw him puffing away on a cigarette.
duplicity, insincerity, falseness