Meaning of duplicity in English:


Pronunciation /djʊˈplɪsɪti/

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mass noun
  • 1Deceitfulness.

    ‘he was accused of duplicity and branded a traitor’
    • ‘To promote and protect their interest, they used coercion, bribery and nepotism as state policy and created a culture of opportunism, deceit, duplicity, loot and plunder.’
    • ‘He said the biggest obstacle to a Yes vote was the Government, whose track record of deceit, and duplicity had now been shamefully exposed.’
    • ‘It survives as a staple of film and television because it is highly photogenic, incorporating the undeniable dynamism of deceit and duplicity usually reserved for the spy story.’
    • ‘Lying, cheating, deception and duplicity only matter when you lose, for the winners rewrite history.’
    • ‘I have been accused of perfidy, malingering, duplicity, charlatanism and forty other words that I don't know the meaning of.’
    • ‘I know I am running the risk of DC finding out, and then being accused of duplicity, but at the moment I don't think she'd understand my reasons or my purpose.’
    • ‘Meanwhile in the aftermath of the war, the evidence of deception and duplicity that we experienced before and during the war has continued at pace.’
    • ‘You have to admire the pretentious duplicity of these guys: they have elevated hypocrisy and lying to a new art form?’
    • ‘But given his deceit on foreign policy and duplicity on the nuclear issue, I think we have good reason to be suspicious.’
    • ‘We are-each and every one of us-a tangled mass of motives; hope and fear, faith and doubt, simplicity and duplicity, honesty and falsity, openness and guile.’
    • ‘But hypocrisy, duplicity and deception are recognized skills of diplomacy.’
    • ‘Indulge at length your preoccupation with lying, bullying, malice, chicanery, duplicity and revenge.’
    • ‘Although quickly buried by the media, they paint a graphic picture of fraud, duplicity and hypocrisy.’
    • ‘There will be no more duplicity, crookedness, and desire for name, fame, and prestige.’
    • ‘They seem to have got some grim kick out out of their cunning, duplicity, guile and secrecy.’
    • ‘To say that this issue is too big for the people is to portray a myth, to portray a sham, to engage in an exercise in deceit, and to engage in an exercise in duplicity.’
    • ‘It raised fundamental policy questions and confirmed antiwar critics' charges of high-level deception and duplicity.’
    • ‘And then, in light of the company's history of serial duplicity and ham-fisted sponsoring subterfuge, they assume it must be rubbish.’
    • ‘After the war there was a Dutch parliamentary commission of investigation, but it discovered neither treachery nor duplicity.’
    • ‘His affability and lack of duplicity did not set him in good stead for his dealings with the sleazier side of 1980s politics.’
    deceitfulness, deceit, deception, deviousness, two-facedness, double-dealing, underhandedness, dishonesty, falseness, falsity, fraud, fraudulence, sharp practice, swindling, cheating, chicanery, trickery, craft, guile, artifice, subterfuge, skulduggery, treachery, unfairness, unjustness, perfidy, improbity
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  • 2 archaic The state of being double.

    ‘When her survey group becomes lost inside the cave, the author uses the experience to propel questions of the duplicity of maps and the ambiguities of human perception.’
    • ‘The very label, ‘African American’ intrinsically signifies a duplicity that remains misunderstood and unappreciated by many American and Africans.’
    • ‘This concurrence of disparate attitudes toward him creates an ambiguous point of view and indicates a duplicity, if not a multiplicity, of authorship.’
    • ‘The samples were kept for 10 mins to ensure the attainment of thermal equilibrium, confirmed by the constancy of the duplicity.’
    • ‘The white master, unable to detect the duplicity of slaves' language, became its victim.’


Late Middle English from Old French duplicite or late Latin duplicitas, from Latin duplic- ‘twofold’ (see duplex).