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Deceit

Aimwell
pretends to be titled to wed into wealth. [Br. Lit.: The Beaux’ Stratagem]
Ananias
lies about amount of money received for land. [N.T.: Acts 5:1–6]
Ananias Club
all its members are liars. [Am. Lit.: Worth, 10]
angel of light
false apostles are like Satan in masquerade. [N.T.: II Corinthians 11:14]
Apaturia
epithet of Athena, meaning ‘deceitful.’ [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 36]
apples of Sodom
outwardly sound fruit; inwardly rotten. [Class. Myth.: Jobes, 114]
Arbaces
priest who frames Glaucus. [Br. Lit.: The Last Days of Pompeii, Magill I, 490–492]
Archimago
uses sorcery to deceive people. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Arnolphe
plans marriage to ward; maintains guardianship under alias. [Fr. Lit.: L’Ecole des Femmes]
bilberry
symbol for falsehood. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
Brunhild
outdone in athletic competition by Gunther with invisible assistance. [Ger. Myth.: Nibelungenlied]
Buttermilk, Little Johnny
fools witch by substituting china for self in sack. [Br. Fairy Tale: Macleod, 21–24]
Camilla, Mrs.
practises deception on Pip. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
clematis
symbol of deception. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 347; Flora Symbolica, 173]
Conchis
for his psychological experiments he baits subjects with apparently seducible young women. [Br. Lit.: John Fowles The Magus in Weiss, 279]
dogbane
symbol for deceit. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 458]
Hlestakov, Ivan Alexandrovich
dissimulating gentleman hoodwinks town dignitaries as tsar’s inspector. [Russ. Lit.: The Inspector General]
hocus-pocus
magician’s parody of Hoc Est Corpus Domini. [Western Folklore: Espy, 76]
Jingle, Alfred
pretends to be a person of influence and elopes with an old maid for her money. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Pickwick Papers]
Judas goat
decoy for luring animals to slaughter. [Western Folklore: Espy, 80]
Latch, William
Esther’s betrayer; seduces her on marriage pretense. [Br. Lit.: Esther Waters, Magill I, 254–256]
Mak
Falstaffian figure; categorically maintains his innocence. [Br. Lit.: The Second Shepherds’ Play]
Malengin
personification of craftiness. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
mask
a disguise; hence, symbol of deception. [Art: Hall, 204]
Mme. St. Pé
feigns paralysis for seventeen years to keep her husband away from the woman he loves. [Fr. Drama: Jean Anouilh The Waltz of the Toreadors in On Stage, 383]
Moncrieff, Algernon, and Jack Worthing
both assume fictitious name “Ernest” in wooing belles. [Br. Lit.: The Importance of Being Earnest]
Montoni, Signor
marries Emily’s aunt to secure her property. [Br. Lit.: The Mysteries of Udolpho, Magill I, 635–638]
nightshade
poisonous flower; symbol of falsehood. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Nimue
cajoles Merlin to reveal secret of power. [Arth. Romance: History of Prince Arthur, Brewer Handbook, 756]
Nixon, Richard
(1913–) 37th U.S. president (1969–1974); nicknamed “Tricky Dicky.” [Am. Hist.: Kane, 523]
Pinocchio
wooden nose lengthens when he lies. [Ital. Lit.: Pinocchio]
Sinon
convinced Trojans to accept wooden horse. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Trojan Horse
hollow horse concealed soldiers, enabling them to enter and capture Troy. [Gk. Myth.: Iliad]
white flytrap
lures insects with sweet odor. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
winter cherry
inedible fruit symbolizes falsehood. [Plant Symbolism: Jobes, 319]
References in classic literature ?
And yet, even while I blamed him most bitterly, and utterly abominated his deceitful deed, I could not but admit in my heart that the result was put of all proportion to the intent: he had never dreamt of doing me this injury, or indeed any injury at all.
These are the deceitful contrivances of oligarchical legislators.
But it must be gone through She is restless, mocking, deceitful, violent.
And in order to realize vividly his love devotion to the sovereign, Rostov pictured to himself an enemy or a deceitful German, whom he would not only kill with pleasure but whom he would slap in the face before the Emperor.
He was a large-cheeked man, nearly seventy, with small furtive eyes, and was not only of much blander temper but thought himself much deeper than his brother Peter; indeed not likely to be deceived in any of his fellow-men, inasmuch as they could not well be more greedy and deceitful than he suspected them of being.
How much more deceitful than her lover is the little nursery governess.
Appearances are deceitful," said the Woggle-Bug, earnestly.
Others, on the contrary, are disposed to form unfavourable opinions of her mind, and disposition, if it be but to excuse themselves for their instinctive dislike of one so unfavoured by nature; and visa versa with her whose angel form conceals a vicious heart, or sheds a false, deceitful charm over defects and foibles that would not be tolerated in another.
In her mind's eye she could see the straining naked forms of black men bending rhythmically to the work, and somewhere on that strange deck she knew was the inevitable master-man, conning the vessel in to its anchorage, peering at the dim tree-line of the shore, judging the deceitful night-distances, feeling on his cheek the first fans of the land breeze that was even then beginning to blow, weighing, thinking, measuring, gauging the score or more of ever- shifting forces, through which, by which, and in spite of which he directed the steady equilibrium of his course.
When peace was proclaimed, his deceitful conduct was apparent to both combatants.
Appearances are deceitful," replied the Zebra, smiling in the consciousness of a more insupportable wit, "or I should have to think that you had come out of the Legislature.
She certainly has improved, but appearances are deceitful, and she had no constitution to build upon," croaked Aunt Myra.