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1. Literally, a catching or ensnaring. Hence, the misleading of a person; the leading of another person to believe what is false, or not to believe what is true, and thus to ensnare him; fraud; fallacy; cheat; any declaration, artifice or practice, which misleads another, or causes him to believe what is false.

My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit Job 27:4.

2. Stratagem; artifice; device intended to mislead.

They imagine deceits all the day long. Psalms 38:12.

3. In scripture, that which is obtained by guile, fraud or oppression.

Their houses are full of deceit Jeremiah 5:27. Zeph. I.

4. In law, any trick, device, craft, collusion, shift, covin, or underhand practice, used to defraud another.