Correct pronunciation:

\ ˈ du·​plic·​i·​tous , du̇-ˈpli-sə-təs \


1. deceptive in words or action

2. contradictory actions and feelings

3. intentionally misleading someone

Do you know that guy in the drama club who tells everyone he hates organized sports one day and then joins the football team the next? He is being duplicitous or pretending to have feelings that his actions contradict.

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Part of Speech (POS):


Why is it important to know a word’s part of speech?


Understanding the different parts of speech is important for understanding how words work and how words can and should be joined to make sentences that are grammatically correct.

If a word has multiple meanings, then how are people supposed to differentiate what definition is applicable?


Context clues are hints found within a sentence, paragraph, or passage that a reader can use to understand the meanings of new or unfamiliar words. Readers will need to especially pay attention to context clues.

Doing so will allow them to be able to decide upon the appropriate definition to fit the context in which the word is being used.

Synonyms for the word duplicitous:

Remember, a synonym is a word or phrase that has the exact or near exact definition as another word or phrase.

• deceitful

• dishonest

• untruthful

• mendacious

• disingenuous

Other word forms of duplicitous

duplicitously = adverb

Why is knowing various forms of a word important?


Knowing the various forms of a word allows the writer to use a word they like in many ways. This allows for creativity and varied sentence structure, which are important to writing well.

Below are forms of duplicitous used correctly in different sentence types:

• Sarah was a duplicitous salesperson. (Simple Sentence)

• Although the evidence was against the young man, the duplicitous attorney still insisted that his client was innocent. (Complex Sentence)

•  The duplicitous young woman plagiarized a document, and she was punished by the University. (Compound Sentence)

• Since Dr. Jones was the school principal, he had to investigate the duplicitous actions of the teachers, and they were suspended without pay. (Compound-Complex Sentence)

In the above examples, we have provided the four English sentence types as examples to give you a visual of how each sentence type should be structured.

Here is the part where you get a chance to have fun and participate!


1. Write three complex sentences using the word duplicitous.

A complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause.

An independent clause is a complete thought that can stand alone as a sentence.

A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It is a sentence that depends on the independent clause.

2. Write two compound sentences using the word duplicitous.

A compound sentence is a sentence containing two or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.

3. Write four simple sentences using the adjective and adverb word forms for duplicitous.

4. After proofreading your sentences, type them into the Leave a Reply/Leave a Comment section below (keep scrolling down).

5. Please review The 4 Types of Sentences workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category. At the very bottom of this page, you will find a search bar section where you can type in the words The 4 Types of Sentences to find the workshop and other helpful workshops.

6. Please review the Context Clues workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category. At the very bottom of this page, you will find a search bar section where you can type in the words Context Clues workshop to find the workshop and other helpful workshops.

A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback for the sentences you provide in the comment section below.

If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post those as well.

Writing Tip: Use the word duplicitous during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word by consistently incorporating it into your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word.

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