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[dih-sep-shuh n] /dɪˈsɛp ʃən/
the act of deceiving; the state of being deceived.
something that deceives or is intended to deceive; fraud; artifice.
Origin of deception
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English decepcioun < Old French < Late Latin dēceptiōn- (stem of dēceptiō), equivalent to Latin dēcept(us) (past participle of dēcipere; see deceive) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondeception, noun
predeception, noun
2. trick, stratagem, ruse, wile, hoax, imposture. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deception
  • Sometimes it's called propaganda and advertising and sometimes hypocrisy, lying and deception.
  • Self-deception proves itself to be more powerful than deception.
  • In one moment my marriage was unveiled as deception.
  • You can ferret out such deception, but it takes a lot of effort.
  • To make rotten politics smell better by wrapping them in clean paper is the goal of "spin," or deception, not of framing.
  • He found a culture of arrogance, deception, and cover-up at the agency.
  • There's a lot of deception.
  • Incentives always reward exceptional performance or exceptional deception; in most cases deception is the easier route.
  • If there was deception, it was of the most innocent kind.
  • He was acquitted of deception and assaulting a police officer.
British Dictionary definitions for deception


the act of deceiving or the state of being deceived
something that deceives; trick
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Word Origin and History for deception

early 15c., from Middle French déception (13c., decepcion) or directly from Late Latin deceptionem (nominative deceptio) "a deceiving," from Latin decept-, past participle stem of decipere (see deceive).

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