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[dih-lood] /dɪˈlud/
verb (used with object), deluded, deluding.
to mislead the mind or judgment of; deceive:
His conceit deluded him into believing he was important.
Obsolete. to mock or frustrate the hopes or aims of.
Obsolete. to elude; evade.
Origin of delude
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English deluden < Latin dēlūdere to play false, equivalent to dē- de- + lūdere to play
Related forms
deluder, noun
deludingly, adverb
nondeluded, adjective
nondeluding, adjective
undeluded, adjective
undeludedly, adverb
undeluding, adjective
1. beguile, cozen, dupe, cheat, defraud, gull. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for delude
  • None of these visions ever quite deluded him.
  • It's an easy way to delude yourself that you've taken a lease on a private oasis, reserved for your arrival once a week.
  • They argue that he deluded himself about the motives of his adored tribal companions.
  • Let us not delude ourselves for a moment on that score.
  • You can delude yourself and peddle all you want...but there is simply no traction.
  • Sirs, don´t delude yourselves.
  • Their problem is they delude themselves.
  • Just possibly this was enough to delude a few very ancient and very lonely mariners.
  • Wealth did not delude them into thinking that they understood the game.
  • When a statute mandates higher costs, no one should delude themselves into thinking that those costs will magically disappear.
British Dictionary definitions for delude


verb (transitive)
to deceive the mind or judgment of; mislead; beguile
(rare) to frustrate (hopes, expectations, etc)
Derived Forms
deludable, adjective
deluder, noun
deludingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēlūdere to mock, play false, from de- + lūdere to play
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Word Origin and History for delude

c.1400, from Latin deludere "to play false; to mock, deceive," from de- "down, to one's detriment" + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Related: Deluded; deluding.

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