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[self-di-see-ving, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈsi vɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/
subject to self-deception; tending to deceive or fool oneself:
a self-deceiving person.
used in deceiving oneself, especially in justifying a false belief, a morally reprehensible act, or the like:
a self-deceiving argument.
Origin of self-deceiving
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But all this desire for the eternally "static" is superficial and self-deceiving.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
  • So am I, dead tired: you self-deceiving, self complacent thing.

    Touch and Go D. H. Lawrence
  • It ended, and was understood to end, in self-deceiving words.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • No tickets-of-leave to let the hypocritical or self-deceiving ones loose upon the world.

  • Fly from this scene where crime and its delusions still cling round your brain and your self-deceiving heart.

  • It is the self-deceiving patriotism, the blind ancestor-worship, of which we are speaking as a phase of modern opinion.

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