- 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
1250–1300; Middle English deceiven < Old French deceivre < Latin dēcipere, literally, to ensnare, equivalent to dē- de- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take
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1. cozen, dupe, fool, gull, hoodwink, trick, defraud, outwit, entrap, ensnare, betray.
1. See cheat.
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- to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
- to delude (oneself)
- to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
- archaic to disappointhis hopes were deceived
C13: from Old French deceivre, from Latin dēcipere to ensnare, cheat, from capere to take
Word Origin and History for deceivingly
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper