[self-di-sep-shuh n, self-]


the act or fact of deceiving oneself.

Origin of self-deception

First recorded in 1670–80
Also called self-de·ceit [self-di-seet, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈsit, ˌsɛlf-/.
Related formsself-de·cep·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the act or an instance of deceiving oneself, esp as to the true nature of one's feelings or motives
Derived Formsself-deceptive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-deception

1670s, from self- + deception.

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