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[dih-seev] /dɪˈsiv/
verb (used with object), deceived, deceiving.
to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude:
They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover).
Archaic. to while away (time).
verb (used without object), deceived, deceiving.
to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit:
an engaging manner that easily deceives.
Origin of deceive
1250-1300; Middle English deceiven < Old French deceivre < Latin dēcipere, literally, to ensnare, equivalent to dē- de- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take
Related forms
deceivableness, deceivability, noun
deceivably, adverb
deceiver, noun
deceivingly, adverb
interdeceive, verb, interdeceived, interdeceiving.
nondeceiving, adjective
predeceive, verb (used with object), predeceived, predeceiving.
predeceiver, noun
redeceive, verb (used with object), redeceived, redeceiving.
well-deceived, adjective
1. cozen, dupe, fool, gull, hoodwink, trick, defraud, outwit, entrap, ensnare, betray. See cheat. Unabridged
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  • Do you think the gods will come to the help of perjurers and deceivers?

  • Feeders of cheap honey for market, deceivers or deceived, 335.

  • If the deceivers are not entirely deceived, they profess acquiescence, and perpetual acquiescence induces half-deception.

    Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford
  • They were but human beings, food for imposture, and preyed on by deceivers.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • That is why Diderot called the deceivers 'fair as the seraphin of Klopstock, terrible as the fiends of Milton.'

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • But the Sophist is the Proteus who takes the likeness of all of them; all other deceivers have a piece of him in them.

    Sophist Plato
  • When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers and destroyers press upon them so fast that there is no resisting afterwards.

  • It is not remarkable that she formed the conclusion that men were "deceivers ever."

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • As for Maria she retired from silk and all, without a word about deceivers, which was also remarkable.

  • I should have seen the sickly romance which ends in dupes and deceivers.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for deceivers


verb (transitive)
to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
to delude (oneself)
to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
(archaic) to disappoint: his hopes were deceived
Derived Forms
deceivable, adjective
deceivably, adverb
deceivableness, deceivability, noun
deceiver, noun
deceiving, noun, adjective
deceivingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French deceivre, from Latin dēcipere to ensnare, cheat, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for deceivers



c.1300, from Old French decevoir (12c., Modern French décevoir) "to deceive," from Latin decipere "to ensnare, take in, beguile, cheat," from de- "from" or pejorative + capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Deceived; deceiver; deceiving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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