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deception

[dih-sep-shuh n] /dɪˈsɛp ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of deceiving; the state of being deceived.
2.
something that deceives or is intended to deceive; fraud; artifice.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
2. trick, stratagem, ruse, wile, hoax, imposture.
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  • Whether these are errors or deceptions, the candidate can be harmed.
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  • There are always new layers of knowledge to be uncovered, deceptions to be overcome, and coherencies to grasp.
  • We needed, every hour, to understand that the fabric of routine covered unseen deceptions and enormities.
  • In hindsight, these deceptions should have been easy to discern.
  • Some of the reported seeps may be practical jokes or deliberate deceptions.
  • Likewise, many deceptions which seemed quite promising in the planning stages actually had little effect in practice.
British Dictionary definitions for deceptions

deception

/dɪˈsɛpʃən/
noun
1.
the act of deceiving or the state of being deceived
2.
something that deceives; trick
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Word Origin and History for deceptions

deception

n.

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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