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

to deceive or trick.
  1. to mock or ridicule.
  2. to evade.

Origin of illude

1445–50; me < illūdere to mock, ridicule; see illusion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for illude

Historical Examples of illude

  • Little by little, as I came nearer, she ceased to illude me, and I began to think of her as 'it.'

    And Even Now

    Max Beerbohm

  • If any one should at midnight get within their circle, they become visible to him, and they may then illude him.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

British Dictionary definitions for illude



literary to trick or deceive

Word Origin for illude

C15: from Latin illūdere to sport with, from lūdus game
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Word Origin and History for illude

early 15c., "to mock, to trick," from Latin illudere "to make sport of," from assimilated form of in- "in, into" (see in- (2)) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper