[self-di-sep-shuh n, self-]
- the act or fact of deceiving oneself.
Origin of self-deception
First recorded in 1670–80
Also called self-de·ceit [self-di-seet, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈsit, ˌsɛlf-/.
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Examples from the Web for self-deceit
Their poor shifts at self-deceit are painfully familiar to us.By the Christmas Fire
Samuel McChord Crothers
And this strict scrutiny is no where more necessary, because there is no where more room for the operation of self-deceit.
Hers was the solidest woman's heart I have ever met, and with it what facility in self-deceit.A Night in the Luxembourg
Remy De Gourmont
There was no refuge in ascetic resolve, in the self-deceit of spiritual enthusiasm.Demos
No train of self-deceit had reconciled his conscience to its atrocity.Self-control
- the act or an instance of deceiving oneself, esp as to the true nature of one's feelings or motives
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Word Origin and History for self-deceit
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