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deceive
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
  • He'll turn out well yet, though that wicked man has deceived him.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (19% in)
  • She had never been deceived as to the object of the baronet's interest.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (12% in)
  • They are not always too grossly deceived; for Sinbad himself may have fallen by good-luck on a true description, and wrong reasoning sometimes lands poor mortals in right conclusions: starting a long way off the true point, and proceeding by loops and zigzags, we now and then arrive just where we ought to be.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (16% in)
  • The mother's eyes are not always deceived in their partiality: she at least can best judge who is the tender, filial-hearted child.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (17% in)
  • He was a large-cheeked man, nearly seventy, with small furtive eyes, and was not only of much blander temper but thought himself much deeper than his brother Peter; indeed not likely to be deceived in any of his fellow-men, inasmuch as they could not well be more greedy and deceitful than he suspected them of being.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (87% in)
  • This was not what Mr. Bulstrode said to any man for the sake of deceiving him: it was what he said to himself—it was as genuinely his mode of explaining events as any theory of yours may be, if you happen to disagree with him.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (89% in)
  • At least, that's my thinking," ended Tantripp, looking anxiously at the fire; "and if anybody was to marry me flattering himself I should wear those hijeous weepers two years for him, he'd be deceived by his own vanity, that's all."
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (59% in)
  • In this way it was made clear that Middlemarch had never been deceived, and that there was no need to praise anybody for writing a book, since it was always done by somebody else.
    Finale (13% in)

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