[[t]duˈplɪs ɪ ti, dyu-[/t]] n. pl. -ties
1) deceitfulness in speech or conduct; double-dealing
2) a twofold or double state or quality
Etymology: 1400–50; late ME duplicite < MF < ML, LL duplicitās; see duplex, -ity syn: See deceit

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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