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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.
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 deluding
  • Capable of deluding populations with polar opposite predictions within the same direction.
  • My counter argument is that you are only deluding yourself if you believe that you are truly educating anybody any other way.
  • His kind of civility was notably not soft-handed and self-deluding.
  • Those who believe government can be divorced from politics are either deluding themselves or trying to delude others.
  • It is especially concerned with the ways in which lovers and others can be self-deluding.
  • It is to be hoped they have, and that they are not deluding us with an expectation joyous but deceptive.
British Dictionary definitions for deluding


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 deluding



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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