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Definition to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
  • The plan was to deceive the Germans into believing the main attack would take place further north.
deceive = mislead
  • She thinks he will change his mind, but she's deceiving herself.
  • deceiving = refusing to accept reality
  • The fake article was written to attract attention and deceive readers.
  • deceive = lie to or mislead
  • Volkswagen admitted that eleven million cars had been fitted with software intended to deceive emissions testing.
  • deceive = lie to or mislead
  • 'Make of it?' says he; 'why, who says I was deceived when I married a wife in Lancashire?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • The government of Costa Rica felt it had been misled and deceived by John Hammond and his plans for the island.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • "Oh," he cried, in an accent of despair, "the count has deceived me; I am yet living;" and extending his hand towards the table, he seized a knife.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • If the forgoing argument is a fallacy, then I am deceived by it.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • And I require of you, as you fear God, and reverence the truth, not to deceive me in your answer.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • You can't deceive me any more; for God's sake be honest with a man who's so honest with you.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • You couldn't deceive her, even if you were mean enough to want to.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  Long Day's Journey into Night
  • You can't deceive me any more; for God's sake be honest with a man who's so honest with you.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • 'That person lacks courtesy, and is deceived by the shadow of appearances.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Now, supposing I am deceived, supposing this man has not been unhappy enough to merit happiness.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • That is to say that at that stage of the affair some hocus-pocus is clearly indicated-and that Armstrong was deceived by it and sent to his death.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • His love for the lady was deep and sincere, and to him the saddest part of all this black business was that he should have been deceived by her.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The information of the cashier-clerk had been false, and he himself had been deceived.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 'I'm a university professor with a highly developed sense of right and wrong, and I wouldn't try to deceive you.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "I didn't mean to deceive you, Lucy," said Maggie, as soon as she could speak.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Paper money may deceive the ignorant, but nobody is deceived by tokens of base metal that have no value but merely jingle.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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