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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 deluded
  • Progressives who flocked to his campaign basically deluded themselves, mistaking style for substance.
  • Anyone who takes a deanship without tenure must be sorely deluded.
  • Don't get deluded by individuals because they say things you agree with.
  • But the fascination with our demise isn't limited to deluded zealots.
  • Today, the deluded are those who attempt to deny that it ever existed.
  • If they go to college because they think it will get them a job, they are deluded.
  • The profession has successfully deluded itself and society about its contribution for centuries.
  • Then again, it might be fun arguing with someone so deluded.
  • Even many of his critics see him as a deluded knight-errant rather than as a venal opportunist.
  • What this seems to mean is that the world is filled with deluded and frustrated souls.
British Dictionary definitions for deluded


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 deluded



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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