verb (used with object), de·lud·ed, de·lud·ing.

to mislead the mind or judgment of; deceive: His conceit deluded him into believing he was important.
Obsolete. to mock or frustrate the hopes or aims of.
Obsolete. to elude; evade.

Origin of delude

1400–50; late Middle English deluden < Latin dēlūdere to play false, equivalent to dē- de- + lūdere to play
Related formsde·lud·er, nounde·lud·ing·ly, adverbnon·de·lud·ed, adjectivenon·de·lud·ing, adjectiveun·de·lud·ed, adjectiveun·de·lud·ed·ly, adverbun·de·lud·ing, adjective

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

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Contemporary Examples of delude

Historical Examples of delude

  • Out upon you, magpie; would you delude the old man with fables?

  • Because, since that is what our pursuers will expect of us, it will delude them the more if we keep straight on.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Yet, desperately as he was in love, he could not delude himself with the belief that she cared for him.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • Do not delude me with a chimera, and above all do not tempt me to sacrifice my honour to it.

  • She did not delude herself as to the doubts he still entertained.

    In Chteau Land

    Anne Hollingsworth Wharton

British Dictionary definitions for delude


verb (tr)

to deceive the mind or judgment of; mislead; beguile
rare to frustrate (hopes, expectations, etc)
Derived Formsdeludable, adjectivedeluder, noundeludingly, adverb

Word Origin for delude

C15: from Latin dēlūdere to mock, play false, from de- + lūdere to play
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Word Origin and History for delude

c.1400, from Latin deludere "to play false; to mock, deceive," from de- "down, to one's detriment" + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Related: Deluded; deluding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper