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deceive

[dih-seev]
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verb (used with object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.
  1. to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude: They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
  2. to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover).
  3. Archaic. to while away (time).
verb (used without object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.
  1. 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 formsde·ceiv·a·ble·ness, de·ceiv·a·bil·i·ty, nounde·ceiv·a·bly, adverbde·ceiv·er, nounde·ceiv·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·de·ceive, verb, in·ter·de·ceived, in·ter·de·ceiv·ing.non·de·ceiv·ing, adjectivepre·de·ceive, verb (used with object), pre·de·ceived, pre·de·ceiv·ing.pre·de·ceiv·er, nounre·de·ceive, verb (used with object), re·de·ceived, re·de·ceiv·ing.well-de·ceived, adjective

Synonyms

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1. cozen, dupe, fool, gull, hoodwink, trick, defraud, outwit, entrap, ensnare, betray.

Synonym study

1. See cheat.
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Examples from the Web for deceiver

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  • These difficulties were too obvious to create any embarrassment to so consummate a deceiver.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • He was no deceiver, nor bloody, nor cruel, like the other Indians.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • You don't mind if I can help prove that someone else was the deceiver, do you, Elinor?

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

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

    Allison Bain

    Margaret Murray Robertson

  • "Very," answered the deceiver, assuming the look of a martyr.

    Teddy: Her Book

    Anna Chapin Ray


British Dictionary definitions for deceiver

deceive

verb (tr)
  1. to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
  2. to delude (oneself)
  3. to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
  4. archaic to disappointhis hopes were deceived
Derived Formsdeceivable, adjectivedeceivably, adverbdeceivableness or deceivability, noundeceiver, noundeceiving, noun, adjectivedeceivingly, adverb

Word Origin

C13: from Old French deceivre, from Latin dēcipere to ensnare, cheat, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for deceiver

deceive

v.

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.

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