- 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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1. beguile, cozen, dupe, cheat, defraud, gull.
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Examples from the Web for deluded
While obviously not as cartoonish as the deluded leaders in The Office, du Pont seemed to stretch credulity at times.Channing Tatum Is the Real Star of ‘Foxcatcher'
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All but in the fevered dreams of power mad politicians and their deluded followers is a world without immigration possible.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero
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But for Dawkins the “rape is rape is rape” believers are the deluded absolutists.Atheist King Richard Dawkins’ Rape Fantasy
July 31, 2014
When news leaked that Beyoncé lip-synced “The Star Spangled Banner,” her “Beyhive” came alive in (deluded) defense of the star.Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga’s Fan Armies Rally on Twitter
January 30, 2013
The aggrieved and deluded suggest secession—a question that was definitively settled four score and seven years ago.The GOP Faces Years in the Wilderness After 2012 Election Losses
November 26, 2012
And what had so enchanted the poor prisoner, so deluded the poor maniac?Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Where were those silly hopes with which, at one time, he had deluded himself?Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Could it be that, after all, Mackintosh had been mistaken, or that Red Fox had deluded them?The Fiery Totem
Each of us knows it all, and knows he knows it all—the rest, to a man, are fools and deluded.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Do not be deluded with this idea that one party is right and the other wrong.
- to deceive the mind or judgment of; mislead; beguile
- rare to frustrate (hopes, expectations, etc)
C15: from Latin dēlūdere to mock, play false, from de- + lūdere to play
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Word Origin and History for deluded
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