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

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

Synonyms for deception Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deception

Contemporary Examples of deception

Historical Examples of deception

  • I am never successful in my little attempts at deception, even in self-defence.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • It is your part to pave the way for this deception; mine to maintain it.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Now he sought only how to conceal his deception and falseness.

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • And how often is a deception of the senses or an error of the reason accepted as a conviction!

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • Realization to the mind necessitates not deception of the eye.

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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