duplicity du*plic"i*ty, n.; pl. {duplicities}. [F. duplicit['e], L. duplicitas, fr. duplex double. See {Duplex}.] 1. Doubleness; a twofold state. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Do not affect duplicities nor triplicities, nor any certain number of parts in your division of things. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. Doubleness of heart or speech; insincerity; a sustained form of deception which consists in entertaining or pretending to entertain one set of feelings, and acting as if influenced by another; bad faith. [1913 Webster]

Far from the duplicity wickedly charged on him, he acted his part with alacrity and resolution. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) (a) The use of two or more distinct allegations or answers, where one is sufficient. --Blackstone. (b) In indictments, the union of two incompatible offenses. --Wharton.

Syn: Double dealing; dissimulation; deceit; guile; deception; falsehood. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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