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delude
used in David Copperfield

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Definition to convince someone of a false belief
  • 'A most unaccountable delusion it is!' cried Miss Murdstone.
    Chapters 7-9 (70% in)
  • Under the influence of this delusion, she dived into the coal-cellar at the most untimely hours, and scarcely ever opened the door of a dark cupboard without clapping it to again, in the belief that she had got him.
    Chapters 4-6 (10% in)
  • Arrived at this house in Windsor Terrace (which I noticed was shabby like himself, but also, like himself, made all the show it could), he presented me to Mrs. Micawber, a thin and faded lady, not at all young, who was sitting in the parlour (the first floor was altogether unfurnished, and the blinds were kept down to delude the neighbours), with a baby at her breast.
    Chapters 10-12 (52% in)
  • 'And when you had made sure of the poor little fool,' said my aunt — 'God forgive me that I should call her so, and she gone where YOU won't go in a hurry — because you had not done wrong enough to her and hers, you must begin to train her, must you? begin to break her, like a poor caged bird, and wear her deluded life away, in teaching her to sing YOUR notes?'
    Chapters 13-15 (74% in)
  • I had not the least belief, in the outset of this story, that the unknown was anything but a delusion of Mr. Dick's, and one of the line of that ill-fated Prince who occasioned him so much difficulty; but after some reflection I began to entertain the question whether an attempt, or threat of an attempt, might have been twice made to take poor Mr. Dick himself from under my aunt's protection, and whether my aunt, the strength of whose kind feeling towards him I knew from herself, might...
    Chapters 16-18 (55% in)
  • What Mr. Dick had told me, and what I had supposed to be a delusion of his, now came into my mind.
    Chapters 22-24 (67% in)
  • After this, Mrs. Crupp confined herself to making pitfalls on the stairs, principally with pitchers, and endeavouring to delude Peggotty into breaking her legs.
    Chapters 34-36 (4% in)
  • 'You are always plotting, and delude yourself into the belief that everybody else is doing the like, I think,' said I. 'Perhaps so, Master Copperfield,' he replied.
    Chapters 40-42 (62% in)
  • But I must say, even to you, having known this injured family from childhood, that if you suppose the girl, so deeply wronged, has not been cruelly deluded, and would not rather die a hundred deaths than take a cup of water from your son's hand now, you cherish a terrible mistake.'
    Chapters 46-48 (24% in)
  • I stopped short, among the thick foliage outside, for the moon was up now, though obscured; and I recognized the man whom I had once supposed to be a delusion of Mr. Dick's, and had once encountered with my aunt in the streets of the city.
    Chapters 46-48 (62% in)
  • Without attending to this invocation, we stood by, until he put up his pocket-handkerchief, pulled up his shirt-collar, and, to delude any person in the neighbourhood who might have been observing him, hummed a tune with his hat very much on one side.
    Chapters 49-51 (18% in)
  • I found that my services were constantly called into requisition for the falsification of business, and the mystification of an individual whom I will designate as Mr. W. That Mr. W. was imposed upon, kept in ignorance, and deluded, in every possible way; yet, that all this while, the ruffian — HEEP — was professing unbounded gratitude to, and unbounded friendship for, that much-abused gentleman.
    Chapters 52-54 (26% in)
  • That Mr. W. has been for years deluded and plundered, in every conceivable manner, to the pecuniary aggrandisement of the avaricious, false, and grasping — HEEP.
    Chapters 52-54 (36% in)
  • Never pausing for an answer to anything he said, Traddles, who had clapped me into an easy-chair by the fire, all this time impetuously stirred the fire with one hand, and pulled at my neck-kerchief with the other, under some wild delusion that it was a great-coat.
    Chapters 58-60 (34% in)
  • I could not help thinking, as we approached the gate, what an uproar would have been made in the country, if any deluded man had proposed to spend one half the money it had cost, on the erection of an industrial school for the young, or a house of refuge for the deserving old.
    Chapters 61-62 (22% in)

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