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However, like all dangerous deceptions, the lies that clappers tell themselves wear seductive disguises.
Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  the act of deceiving (lying to or misleading someone); or the misleading falsehood
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deception deceptive deceptions
Strongly Associated with:   deceit
Of course, deception is usually negative in tone, but unlike deceit (which always has a bad connotation), deception can express a positive act; as in "Her deception helped make the party a surprise."
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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?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Pictures can be pretty deceptive.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Unfortunately for you, I no longer find your deceptions interesting.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • There has been no deception, only the withholding of a few facts.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Till Lionel Wendt accidentally told his father of the deception.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • It was deceptive, the sunshine—it promised more than it could actually deliver.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • In the Labyrinth, time was deceptive.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I assume you realize her deceptions were another aspect of the testing?
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Suppose he robbed you through deception.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • No one was hurt by her little deception.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • The principal, unable to prove the deception, but certain that it had happened, finally let me go.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • If he were leading someone to his death he would employ deception.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • But the bright opening paragraphs were deceptive; the articles weren’t exactly shop-time, afternoon reading.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • On that Saturday, Indian summer had descended over the eastern seaboard, bringing shirt-sleeve weather, flies, a renascence of Good Humor men, and to most people that absurdly deceptive feeling that the onset of winter is a wicked illusion.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But there was nothing I could see, which may only have meant they were good at deception, as good as I was.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I am used to seeing through masks and deceptions.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Stephano looked back at all these people silently, his face fluttering as he tried to decide whether to come clean, a phrase which here means "admit that he’s really Count Olaf and up to no good," or perpetuate his deception, a phrase which here means "lie, lie, lie."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • I opened my mouth to reply, and found that the smooth delicacy of the taste was deceptive; the wine was strong enough to cause a mild paralysis of the vocal cords.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But when you looked him in the eye you realized that his frailty was deceptive.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Together with my brother, Prince Tiberias the Seventh, of House Calore and House Jacos, you are accused of many violent and deplorable offenses against the crown, including deception, treason, terrorism, and murder.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • All the evidence — the hair, the jacket, the champagne had been an incredible deception.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Surely that counts as deception.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Mom used to say that politeness is deception in pretty packaging.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • His life was devoted to planning and perpetrating the grossest deceptions.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Then there’s Peeta, who will be my partner in this deception, but how do I begin that conversation?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Let’s not have any deception here!
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Absolutely no deception.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Then I consented to a deception.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • People said that Gail Wynand’s greatest deception, among many, was his appearance.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The Germans find the documents; the deception wins the war.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • In the dream his deepest feeling was always one of self-deception, because he did in fact know what was behind the wall of darkness.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It was a calm that made Clary think of the deceptive hard sheen of ice just before it cracked under your weight.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • But the deception could not be kept up forever.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Luma gave her players their positions— Josiah, the tall, slightly bowlegged Liberian with deceptive speed at left forward; Jeremiah Ziaty on the right.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Is it possible, child, that the spirits you have seen are illusion only, some deception that may cross your mind when—
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • As for people seeing through his deceptions, they’ll believe whatever he wants them to.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I hadn’t told Kim, either, so it wasn’t like Adam was getting special deception treatment.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • And with the deception, all hope had vanished.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Lies were told and then exposed, begetting more lies to explain away the initial deceptions.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Cunning and deception become necessary, inevitable habits.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Ever and anon a bright, but, alas, deceptive idea would dart you through.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Certainly the distances had now all become hazy and deceptive, but there could be no doubt that the Downs were coming to an end.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • So thought Pierre, and the whole of this general deception which everyone accepts, accustomed as he was to it, astonished him each time as if it were something new.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It just goes to show you how white folks can be deceived by their own deception.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • You may be blood of the pharaohs, but Isis is a deceptive, power-hungry—
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Yet perchance to-morrow deception will so act on me, that I shall, on compulsion, consider such a contemptible possession as the utmost happiness.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Better move, he thought, and struck out for the hills, which, deceptive as the sound of the creek, were much farther away than they seemed.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Their powers of deception . almost any male hero would’ve fallen under their spell and been devoured.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • It was my new husband and his men who killed my brother, though they couldn’t have done it without my deception.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
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