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[dih-lood] /dɪˈlud/
verb (used with object), deluded, deluding.
to mislead the mind or judgment of; deceive:
His conceit deluded him into believing he was important.
Obsolete. to mock or frustrate the hopes or aims of.
Obsolete. to elude; evade.
Origin of delude
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English deluden < Latin dēlūdere to play false, equivalent to dē- de- + lūdere to play
Related forms
deluder, noun
deludingly, adverb
nondeluded, adjective
nondeluding, adjective
undeluded, adjective
undeludedly, adverb
undeluding, adjective
1. beguile, cozen, dupe, cheat, defraud, gull. Unabridged
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  • Out upon you, magpie; would you delude the old man with fables?

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Stephen Cullen Carpenter
  • Because, since that is what our pursuers will expect of us, it will delude them the more if we keep straight on.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • Yet, desperately as he was in love, he could not delude himself with the belief that she cared for him.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • Do not delude me with a chimera, and above all do not tempt me to sacrifice my honour to it.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • She did not delude herself as to the doubts he still entertained.

    In Chteau Land

    Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
  • These couldn't be more like Earth organisms if they'd been transplanted from home to delude us.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn
  • Might it not be a hoax purposely put in his way to delude him?

    The Willoughby Captains Talbot Baines Reed
  • Such a person they endeavour to delude with various pretences.

British Dictionary definitions for delude


verb (transitive)
to deceive the mind or judgment of; mislead; beguile
(rare) to frustrate (hopes, expectations, etc)
Derived Forms
deludable, adjective
deluder, noun
deludingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēlūdere to mock, play false, from de- + lūdere to play
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Word Origin and History for delude

c.1400, from Latin deludere "to play false; to mock, deceive," from de- "down, to one's detriment" + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Related: Deluded; deluding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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