delude

[ dih-lood ]
/ dɪˈlud /

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
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delude

/ (dɪˈluːd) /

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

delude


v.

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.

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