He had thought at first that the prince was "humbugging" him; but on looking at his face he saw that he was absolutely serious, and had no thought of any deception.
Go away, Rogojin, I don’t want you," she continued, blind with fury, and forcing the words out with dry lips and distorted features, evidently not believing a single word of her own tirade, but, at the same time, doing her utmost to prolong the moment of self-deception.
There are no more uses of "deception" in the book.
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However, like all dangerous deceptions, the lies that clappers tell themselves wear seductive disguises.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
Not to know after all these years that deception can hide in plain sight?