the act of deceiving; the state of being deceived.
something that deceives or is intended to deceive; fraud; artifice.

Nearby words

  1. decently,
  2. decentralization,
  3. decentralize,
  4. decentralized processing,
  5. decentre,
  6. deception bed,
  7. deception table,
  8. deceptive,
  9. deceptive cadence,
  10. deceptively

Origin of deception

1400–50; late Middle English decepcioun < Old French < Late Latin dēceptiōn- (stem of dēceptiō), equivalent to Latin dēcept(us) (past participle of dēcipere; see deceive) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsnon·de·cep·tion, nounpre·de·cep·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deception



the act of deceiving or the state of being deceived
something that deceives; trick
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Word Origin and History for deception



early 15c., from Middle French déception (13c., decepcion) or directly from Late Latin deceptionem (nominative deceptio) "a deceiving," from Latin decept-, past participle stem of decipere (see deceive).

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