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[dih-seev] /dɪˈsiv/
verb (used with object), deceived, deceiving.
to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude:
They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover).
Archaic. to while away (time).
verb (used without object), deceived, deceiving.
to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit:
an engaging manner that easily deceives.
Origin of deceive
1250-1300; Middle English deceiven < Old French deceivre < Latin dēcipere, literally, to ensnare, equivalent to dē- de- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take
Related forms
deceivableness, deceivability, noun
deceivably, adverb
deceiver, noun
deceivingly, adverb
interdeceive, verb, interdeceived, interdeceiving.
nondeceiving, adjective
predeceive, verb (used with object), predeceived, predeceiving.
predeceiver, noun
redeceive, verb (used with object), redeceived, redeceiving.
well-deceived, adjective
1. cozen, dupe, fool, gull, hoodwink, trick, defraud, outwit, entrap, ensnare, betray.
Synonym Study
1. See cheat. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for deceiver
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  • He whose eyes are mobile and sharp is a deceiver, crafty and a thief.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Henry Ebenezer Handerson
  • He was no deceiver, nor bloody, nor cruel, like the other Indians.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • The realization shocked him and he felt a hate for Gibson, the deceiver, surge through him.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • You don't mind if I can help prove that someone else was the deceiver, do you, Elinor?

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • And she said in a low voice: Better never to be married at all, than marry a deceiver: better far for me, and better far for him.

  • He had spoken to him nothing but the truth, yet he could not help feeling like a deceiver.

    Allison Bain Margaret Murray Robertson
  • But the voice of your deceiver is again heard; and forgetful of your former sufferings, you are again listening to him.

  • The deceiver did not mean all this to be taken as a real objection.

  • I looked at Father Smith, and silently asked myself the question: Can that man be a deceiver?

British Dictionary definitions for deceiver


verb (transitive)
to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
to delude (oneself)
to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
(archaic) to disappoint: his hopes were deceived
Derived Forms
deceivable, adjective
deceivably, adverb
deceivableness, deceivability, noun
deceiver, noun
deceiving, noun, adjective
deceivingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French deceivre, from Latin dēcipere to ensnare, cheat, from capere to take
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deceiver



c.1300, from Old French decevoir (12c., Modern French décevoir) "to deceive," from Latin decipere "to ensnare, take in, beguile, cheat," from de- "from" or pejorative + capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Deceived; deceiver; deceiving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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