(De*cede") v. i. [L. decedere. See Decease, n.] To withdraw. [Obs.] Fuller.
(De*ce"dent) a. [L. decedens, p. pr. of decedere.] Removing; departing. Ash.
(De*ce"dent), n. A deceased person. Bouvier.
(De*ceit") n. [OF. deceit, desçait, decept (cf. deceite, deçoite), fr. L. deceptus
deception, fr. decipere. See Deceive.]
1. An attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads
another, or causes him to believe what is false; a contrivance to entrap; deception; a wily device; fraud.
Making the ephah small and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit.Amos viii. 5.
Friendly to man, far from deceit or guile.Milton.
Yet still we hug the dear deceit.N. Cotton.
2. (Law) Any trick, collusion, contrivance, false representation, or underhand practice, used to defraud
another. When injury is thereby effected, an action of deceit, as it called, lies for compensation.
Syn. Deception; fraud; imposition; duplicity; trickery; guile; falsifying; double-dealing; stratagem. See Deception.
(De*ceit"ful) a. Full of, or characterized by, deceit; serving to mislead or insnare; trickish; fraudulent; cheating; insincere.
Harboring foul deceitful thoughts.Shak.
(De*ceit"ful*ly), adv. With intent to deceive.
1. The disposition to deceive; as, a man's deceitfulness may be habitual.
2. The quality of being deceitful; as, the deceitfulness of a man's practices.
3. Tendency to mislead or deceive. "The deceitfulness of riches." Matt. xiii. 22.
(De*ceit"less), a. Free from deceit. Bp. Hall.
(De*ceiv"a*ble) a. [F. décevable.]