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[self-di-sep-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈsɛp ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
the act or fact of deceiving oneself.
Also called self-deceit
[self-di-seet, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈsit, ˌsɛlf-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of self-deception
First recorded in 1670-80
Related forms
self-deceptive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-deception
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  • The more pleasant a self-deception, the less I choose to submit to it.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Let there be no false glamour, no disguise, no self-deception.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • That a very great proportion of this has been self-deception must be admitted.

  • What ambition, what self-deception, what pride and conceit filled the world!

  • Nothing is more pathetic in human nature than its faculty of self-deception.


    Christopher Morley
  • They grind among the iron facts of life, And have no time for self-deception.

    Daily Thoughts Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for self-deception


the act or an instance of deceiving oneself, esp as to the true nature of one's feelings or motives
Derived Forms
self-deceptive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-deception

1670s, from self- + deception.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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