- 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).
- to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.
Origin of deceive
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Examples from the Web for deceivers
But the Sophist is the Proteus who takes the likeness of all of them; all other deceivers have a piece of him in them.Sophist
Feeders of cheap honey for market, deceivers or deceived, 335.Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee
L. L. Langstroth
They were but human beings, food for imposture, and preyed on by deceivers.The Golden Dog
Was he thus suddenly to be entangled into a snare laid for his credulity by deceivers?Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
At first, they themselves are deceivers: and afterwards, they are deceived in their turn.Paul and Virginia
Bernardin de Saint Pierre
- to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
- to delude (oneself)
- to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
- archaic to disappointhis hopes were deceived
Word Origin and History for deceivers
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.