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[self-di-sep-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈsɛp ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
the act or fact of deceiving oneself.
Also called self-deceit
[self-di-seet, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈsit, ˌsɛlf-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of self-deception
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self-deceptive, adjective Unabridged
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  • Her answers, unsatisfactory as they are, suggest a profound capacity for self-deception.
  • It is, then, wanton self-deception to confuse royal government with government by a good king.
  • But their comfort zone is furnished with self-deception.
  • But even if that were true, this would still stand as an egregious instance of self-deception.
  • Suffice to say, it involves a huge amount of denial and self-deception, and it's not going to end well.
  • Sure, my stance here could be read as a feint, or even self-deception.
  • Such marriages stay together at the cost of partial or complete self-deception.
  • But besides the self-deception, the strong and hasty laborers of the street do not work well with the chronic valetudinarian.
  • They already know that, but they value the self-deception.
  • There is always the danger of self-deception and designing experiments to obtain one's preferred results.
British Dictionary definitions for self-deception


the act or an instance of deceiving oneself, esp as to the true nature of one's feelings or motives
Derived Forms
self-deceptive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-deception

1670s, from self- + deception.

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