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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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  • 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
  • Of these Saint Anian, we must confess, is somewhat of a deceiver.

  • To him at least he could not play the hypocrite or the deceiver.

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

  • It is so worthy of the deceiver to make a jest of his own crime!

    Love and Intrigue Friedrich Schiller
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
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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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