verb (used with object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.
verb (used without object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.
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What does deceive mean?
Deceive means to lie, mislead, or otherwise hide or distort the truth.
Lying is only one way of deceiving. Deceiving can consist of misrepresenting or omitting the truth or more complicated cover-ups. People can even deceive themselves by avoiding the truth.
The adjectives deceptive and deceitful can describe something that deceives or is intended to deceive. Someone who is known for deceiving others can be described as deceitful. Someone who is easily deceived can be described as deceivable.
Sometimes, the word deceive can be used in the context of things that are naturally or innocently misleading to one’s perception (without someone doing the deceiving), as in Do my eyes deceive me? The adjective deceiving can be used in this sense, as in Looks can be deceiving.
Example: A lot of advertising is intended to deceive us into thinking we need something.
Where does deceive come from?
The first records of the word deceive come from the 1200s. It comes from the Old French verb deceivre and ultimately derives from the Latin verb dēcipere, meaning “to ensnare” (in the literal sense of trapping someone or an animal).
Deceiving can include attempts to mislead or trick someone or trap them with a deceptive scheme. Deceiving someone may not involve outright lying to them. Some forms of deception involve concealing the truth or simply omitting the truth.
The poem Marmion by Scottish poet Sir Walter Scott contains a famous line (often mistakenly attributed to Shakespeare) that uses the word deceive: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave,/ When first we practise to deceive!” This means that lying and deceiving people makes things really complicated—one lie often leads to a web of others.
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What are some other forms related to deceive?
- deceiving (continuous tense verb, adjective)
- deceiver (noun)
- deceivable (adjective)
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How is deceive used in real life?
Deceive most commonly implies that the deception was intentional. For this reason, it is usually used negatively, especially to criticize those doing the deceiving.
At a minimum, we have to be able to trust that our representatives in Congress won't deceive us about a major threat to our lives so that they can profit on it. But that's exactly what Perdue and Loeffler did. It's an incredibly inhumane abuse of the public trust.
— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) December 7, 2020
— Dean Nicolls (@Dean_Nicolls) December 1, 2020
don’t let that cute face deceive you! this little girl is a wild child 🌀 pic.twitter.com/SrdWiCiOOa
— Andrew Wiseman (@wisemannerisms) December 3, 2020
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Which of the following words is a synonym of deceive?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for deceive
Well, when it comes to jobs reports in this pandemic, looks can be deceiving.The Easy Part Of The Economic Recovery Might Be Over|Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux|September 4, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Apple is also accused of deceiving consumers about the headphones’ durability and sweat-resistance.Own Apple Powerbeats 2 earphones? Here’s how to claim your share of a $9.75 million settlement|rhhackettfortune|August 28, 2020|Fortune
Well, as far as we can tell, the earliest meaning of bamboozle was "to deceive by trickery, hoodwink," which is why some believe that it arose among the criminals of the underworld.
The most serious allegation in the report suggests district administrators deceived a credit rating agency before issuing millions of dollars of bonds in 2018.Morning Report: Report Finds Evidence of Fraud in Sweetwater Budget Mess|Voice of San Diego|June 23, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The most damning section of the audit suggests that district administrators knowingly deceived a credit rating agency just before they issued millions of dollars in bonds.Audit Finds Sweetwater Officials Deliberately Manipulated Finances|Will Huntsberry|June 23, 2020|Voice of San Diego
He's polite and amusing, inventing comic voices to deceive friends.
What: Your eyes do not deceive you: Fishman is looking into more than one thing.
When we meet thus, when we do honor to the dead in terms that must sometimes embrace the living, we do not deceive ourselves.The Real Memorial Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes's Salute To A Momentous American Anniversary|Malcolm Jones|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you deceive your children about Santa, you may give them a more thrilling experience of Christmas.
Then again … as I said, for a forgery to deceive at all, it has to preserve a great many features of a genuine object.
However this be, it is hard to say that these fibs have that clear intention to deceive which constitutes a complete lie.Children's Ways|James Sully
There, if his eyes did not deceive him, were evidences of mortar dislodged by nefarious toes.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
It was not possible to deceive himself an instant longer, for the naked truth lay staring into his eyes.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
O my people, they that call thee blessed, the same deceive thee, and destroy the way of thy steps.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Only I fear they will not profit us much; for if my eyes deceive me not, both are already captured.