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[dih-sep-shuh n] /dɪˈsɛp ʃən/
the act of deceiving; the state of being deceived.
something that deceives or is intended to deceive; fraud; artifice.
Origin of deception
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English decepcioun < Old French < Late Latin dēceptiōn- (stem of dēceptiō), equivalent to Latin dēcept(us) (past participle of dēcipere; see deceive) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondeception, noun
predeception, noun
2. trick, stratagem, ruse, wile, hoax, imposture. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for deception
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  • I am never successful in my little attempts at deception, even in self-defence.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • It is your part to pave the way for this deception; mine to maintain it.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Now he sought only how to conceal his deception and falseness.

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • And how often is a deception of the senses or an error of the reason accepted as a conviction!

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • Realization to the mind necessitates not deception of the eye.

British Dictionary definitions for deception


the act of deceiving or the state of being deceived
something that deceives; trick
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Word Origin and History for deception

early 15c., from Middle French déception (13c., decepcion) or directly from Late Latin deceptionem (nominative deceptio) "a deceiving," from Latin decept-, past participle stem of decipere (see deceive).

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