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

Related Words for deluded

mistaken, betrayed, duped

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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 deluded



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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