- to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude: They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
- to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover).
- Archaic. to while away (time).
- to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.
Origin of deceive
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Examples from the Web for deceiver
Contemporary Examples of deceiver
And cancer, deceiver, pretender, coward; it cannot even subsist without the vibrant people it depends on.No One Ever Loses to Cancer
October 8, 2014
Historical Examples of deceiver
These difficulties were too obvious to create any embarrassment to so consummate a deceiver.Imogen
He was no deceiver, nor bloody, nor cruel, like the other Indians.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
You don't mind if I can help prove that someone else was the deceiver, do you, Elinor?Miss Pat at School
He had spoken to him nothing but the truth, yet he could not help feeling like a deceiver.Allison Bain
Margaret Murray Robertson
"Very," answered the deceiver, assuming the look of a martyr.Teddy: Her Book
Anna Chapin Ray
- to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
- to delude (oneself)
- to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
- archaic to disappointhis hopes were deceived
Word Origin for deceive
c.1300, from Old French decevoir (12c., Modern French décevoir) "to deceive," from Latin decipere "to ensnare, take in, beguile, cheat," from de- "from" or pejorative + capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Deceived; deceiver; deceiving.