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deceive

[dih-seev] /dɪˈsiv/
verb (used with object), deceived, deceiving.
1.
to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude:
They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
2.
to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover).
3.
Archaic. to while away (time).
verb (used without object), deceived, deceiving.
4.
to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit:
an engaging manner that easily deceives.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Synonyms
1. cozen, dupe, fool, gull, hoodwink, trick, defraud, outwit, entrap, ensnare, betray. See cheat.
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Examples from the web for deceiving
  • It is hilly country, and you hear the notes of the different birds echoing and deceiving you.
  • Particularly intelligent people can be especially good at deceiving themselves.
  • But take a closer look and you realize that the façade can be deceiving.
  • Sometimes seeing means deceiving before believing, depending on your age.
  • No, neither the weather nor our calendars have been deceiving us.
  • So people who have to work together in a hierarchical structure end up deceiving and manipulating each other.
  • My skin, which seemed so reliable, has been deceiving me my entire life.
  • Unfortunately, in the case of this steed, looks are deceiving.
  • There is a deceiving sense of timelessness to the stillness of rural life.
  • Understanding what someone else thinks is the necessary first step to deceiving or even controlling them.
British Dictionary definitions for deceiving

deceive

/dɪˈsiːv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
2.
to delude (oneself)
3.
to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
4.
(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 deceiving

deceive

v.

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.

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