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duplicity +‎ -ous

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duplicitous (comparative more duplicitous, superlative most duplicitous)

  1. Given to or marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
    • 2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint”, in The Guardian[1]:
      It reunites the horribly duplicitous skag-addicted non-heroes of the first movie about twentysomethings trying to get off heroin in Edinburgh, and finding that they have nothing very much to put in its place.
    • 2023 February 19, Patrick Wintour, “Ukraine war ‘over’ unless EU boosts military support, says top diplomat”, in The Guardian[2], →ISSN:
      Russia played on those feelings by attacking the French president, Emmanuel Macron [] , saying Moscow still remembered the fate of Napoleon Bonaparte and accusing the French president of duplicitous diplomacy with the Kremlin.

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