[ dih-lood ]
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verb (used with object),de·lud·ed, de·lud·ing.
  1. to mislead the mind or judgment of; deceive: His conceit deluded him into believing he was important.

  2. Obsolete. to mock or frustrate the hopes or aims of.

  1. Obsolete. to elude; evade.

Origin of delude

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English deluden, from Latin dēlūdere “to play false,” equivalent to dē- de- + lūdere “to play”

Other words for delude

Other words from delude

  • de·lud·er, noun
  • de·lud·ing·ly, adverb
  • non·de·lud·ing, adjective
  • un·de·lud·ing, adjective

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How to use delude in a sentence

  • We should not delude ourselves that the middle is the golden path.

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  • Don't delude yourself with the notion that she is sitting down in sackcloth and ashes with her past!

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  • The reader would smile to read the infatuated simple reasons with which the bishop endeavoured to delude the ignorant.

  • At others, I yield to a fools paradise and delude myself with impossible solutions that deceive me but for an hour.

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  • But, in any case, there is no use to delude ourselves as to what are the real qualifications of Mr. Filipino.

  • But Isaac was formed in too simple and honest a mould to delude the two women or himself with iridescent dreams of success.

British Dictionary definitions for delude


/ (dɪˈluːd) /

  1. to deceive the mind or judgment of; mislead; beguile

  2. rare to frustrate (hopes, expectations, etc)

Origin of delude

C15: from Latin dēlūdere to mock, play false, from de- + lūdere to play

Derived forms of delude

  • deludable, adjective
  • deluder, noun
  • deludingly, adverb

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