Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.
To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link to as a comment on Heena’s WOW post.
Here is my WOW for this week:
Part of Speech: Noun
duplicate, duplicating, duplication, duplicator,duplicature, duplicatus
UK: due-plic-i-tee (dyu-plic-i-tee)
US: du-plic-i-ty (doo-plic-i-tee)
1. Deliberate deceptiveness in behaviour or speech (especially by saying different things to two people).
2. An instance of deliberate deceptiveness; double dealing
3. The quality or state of being twofold or double
cunning, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, double-dealing, guile, shiftiness, dissimulation, fraud, hypocrisy
candidness, directness, honesty, straightforwardness
1400-50 Late Middle English fron the Middle French duplicite. The roots of the word can be found in the Late Latin word, duplicatas and duplex. T ‘
Use in a sentence:
1. Martha was not a woman for compromise or duplicity.
2. The salesman was not averse to a little duplicity in his dealings with customers.
I particularly like the adjective of this word: duplicitous. I have a few duplicitous characters in my books. I also use the word perfidious, which can also be a synonym of duplicitous (but has other meanings as well, including unfaithful and treasonous). To me, both duplicitous and perfidious sound so much more interesting than just saying deceitful.
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