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verb (used with object), il·lud·ed, il·lud·ing.
  1. to deceive or trick.
  2. Obsolete.
    1. to mock or ridicule.
    2. to evade.
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Origin of illude

1445–50; me < illūdere to mock, ridicule; see illusion
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Historical Examples

  • They will never complain of being desillusionnes , for they have never been illuded.

    Mary Marston

    George MacDonald

  • What be the contentis of the haill Book, and how that this promeise was illuded frome tyme to tyme, we will after hear.

  • Hazy in the minds of its projectors, it was almost universally misunderstood by the multitude which it illuded.

British Dictionary definitions for illuded


  1. literary to trick or deceive
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Word Origin

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



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).

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