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Deceive Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    deceive v
  1. be false to; be dishonest with [syn: lead on, delude, cozen]
  2. cause someone to believe an untruth; "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house" [syn: betray, lead astray] [ant: undeceive]
Deceive Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Deceive \De*ceive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deceived; p. pr. & vb. n. Deceiving.] [OE. deceveir, F. d['e]cevoir, fr. L. decipere to catch, insnare, deceive; de- + capere to take, catch. See Capable, and cf. Deceit, Deception.]
  1. To lead into error; to cause to believe what is false, or disbelieve what is true; to impose upon; to mislead; to cheat; to disappoint; to delude; to insnare. Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. --2 Tim. iii. 13. Nimble jugglers that deceive the eye. --Shak. What can 'scape the eye Of God all-seeing, or deceive his heart? --Milton.
  2. To beguile; to amuse, so as to divert the attention; to while away; to take away as if by deception. These occupations oftentimes deceived The listless hour. --Wordsworth.
  3. To deprive by fraud or stealth; to defraud. [Obs.] Plant fruit trees in large borders, and set therein fine flowers, but thin and sparingly, lest they deceive the trees. --Bacon. Syn: Deceive, Delude, Mislead. Usage: Deceive is a general word applicable to any kind of misrepresentation affecting faith or life. To delude, primarily, is to make sport of, by deceiving, and is accomplished by playing upon one's imagination or credulity, as by exciting false hopes, causing him to undertake or expect what is impracticable, and making his failure ridiculous. It implies some infirmity of judgment in the victim, and intention to deceive in the deluder. But it is often used reflexively, indicating that a person's own weakness has made him the sport of others or of fortune; as, he deluded himself with a belief that luck would always favor

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* Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation. - Bernard Baruch

* We are never deceived we deceive ourselves. - Johann von Goethe

* When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people. - Mark Twain


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