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deceive

[dih-seev]
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verb (used with object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.
  1. to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude: They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
  2. to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover).
  3. Archaic. to while away (time).
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verb (used without object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.
  1. to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.
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Origin of deceive

1250–1300; Middle English deceiven < Old French deceivre < Latin dēcipere, literally, to ensnare, equivalent to dē- de- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take
Related formsde·ceiv·a·ble·ness, de·ceiv·a·bil·i·ty, nounde·ceiv·a·bly, adverbde·ceiv·er, nounde·ceiv·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·de·ceive, verb, in·ter·de·ceived, in·ter·de·ceiv·ing.non·de·ceiv·ing, adjectivepre·de·ceive, verb (used with object), pre·de·ceived, pre·de·ceiv·ing.pre·de·ceiv·er, nounre·de·ceive, verb (used with object), re·de·ceived, re·de·ceiv·ing.well-de·ceived, adjective

Synonyms

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1. cozen, dupe, fool, gull, hoodwink, trick, defraud, outwit, entrap, ensnare, betray.

Synonym study

1. See cheat.
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Examples from the Web for deceivers

Historical Examples

  • But the Sophist is the Proteus who takes the likeness of all of them; all other deceivers have a piece of him in them.

    Sophist

    Plato

  • Feeders of cheap honey for market, deceivers or deceived, 335.

  • They were but human beings, food for imposture, and preyed on by deceivers.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Was he thus suddenly to be entangled into a snare laid for his credulity by deceivers?

    Zanoni

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • At first, they themselves are deceivers: and afterwards, they are deceived in their turn.

    Paul and Virginia

    Bernardin de Saint Pierre


British Dictionary definitions for deceivers

deceive

verb (tr)
  1. to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
  2. to delude (oneself)
  3. to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
  4. archaic to disappointhis hopes were deceived
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Derived Formsdeceivable, adjectivedeceivably, adverbdeceivableness or deceivability, noundeceiver, noundeceiving, noun, adjectivedeceivingly, adverb

Word Origin

C13: from Old French deceivre, from Latin dēcipere to ensnare, cheat, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for deceivers

deceive

v.

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.

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