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deceive
used in Anna Karenina

38 uses
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Definition
to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
  • Don't I know that he wouldn't deceive me, that he has no schemes about Princess Sorokina, that he's not in love with Kitty, that he won't desert me!
    Part Seven (94% in)
  • He was incapable of deceiving himself and persuading himself that he repented of his conduct.
    Part One (2% in)
  • "I can understand being carried away by feeling," she went on after a brief silence, "but deliberately, slyly deceiving me.... and with whom?
    Part One (58% in)
  • Such a discovery now would only mean breaking up family habits, and she let herself be deceived, despising him and still more herself, for the weakness.
    Part Two (3% in)
  • And then, he has deceived her so horribly.
    Part Two (5% in)
  • I've told you, and I say it again, that I have some pride, and never, never would I do as you're doing—go back to a man who's deceived you, who has cared for another woman.
    Part Two (6% in)
  • She felt certain that her surmises were correct; that Kitty's misery, her inconsolable misery, was due precisely to the fact that Levin had made her an offer and she had refused him, and Vronsky had deceived her, and that she was fully prepared to love Levin and to detest Vronsky.
    Part Two (7% in)
  • Soon after her return from Moscow, on arriving at a soiree where she had expected to meet him, and not finding him there, she realized distinctly from the rush of disappointment that she had been deceiving herself, and that this pursuit was not merely not distasteful to her, but that it made the whole interest of her life.
    Part Two (9% in)
  • He felt all the torture of his own and her position, all the difficulty there was for them, conspicuous as they were in the eye of all the world, in concealing their love, in lying and deceiving; and in lying, deceiving, feigning, and continually thinking of others, when the passion that united them was so intense that they were both oblivious of everything else but their love.
    Part Two (56% in)
  • He felt all the torture of his own and her position, all the difficulty there was for them, conspicuous as they were in the eye of all the world, in concealing their love, in lying and deceiving; and in lying, deceiving, feigning, and continually thinking of others, when the passion that united them was so intense that they were both oblivious of everything else but their love.
    Part Two (56% in)
  • They would have felt it wounding themselves to deceive the child.
    Part Two (57% in)
  • He did not allow himself to think about it, and he did not think about it; but all the same though he never admitted it to himself, and had no proofs, not even suspicious evidence, in the bottom of his heart he knew beyond all doubt that he was a deceived husband, and he was profoundly miserable about it.
    Part Two (72% in)
  • How often during those eight years of happy life with his wife Alexey Alexandrovitch had looked at other men's faithless wives and other deceived husbands and asked himself: "How can people descend to that? how is it they don't put an end to such a hideous position?"
    Part Two (72% in)
  • To seem better to people, to myself, to God; to deceive everyone.
    Part Two (99% in)
  • She did not give up everything she had learned, but she became aware that she had deceived herself in supposing she could be what she wanted to be.
    Part Two (**% in)
  • Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.
    Part Three (26% in)
  • Some of the very peasants who had been most active in wrangling with him over the hay, some whom he had treated with contumely, and who had tried to cheat him, those very peasants had greeted him goodhumoredly, and evidently had not, were incapable of having any feeling of rancor against him, any regret, any recollection even of having tried to deceive him.
    Part Three (33% in)
  • I always knew it and always saw it, though I tried to deceive myself to spare her," he said to himself.
    Part Three (36% in)
  • That would be dishonest, that would be false, that would be deceiving myself and others.
    Part Three (38% in)
  • She would never know freedom in love, but would remain forever a guilty wife, with the menace of detection hanging over her at every instant; deceiving her husband for the sake of a shameful connection with a man living apart and away from her, whose life she could never share.
    Part Three (49% in)
  • Her presentiment that all would again go on in the old way had not deceived her.
    Part Three (69% in)
  • He saw where his boat leaked, but he did not look for the leak, perhaps purposely deceiving himself.
    Part Three (74% in)
  • But now he could deceive himself no longer.
    Part Three (74% in)
  • It seemed to Levin that he had deceived someone, that he ought to explain something, but that to explain it was impossible, and for that reason he was continually blushing, was ill at ease and awkward.
    Part Three (80% in)
  • "I have the misfortune," Alexey Alexandrovitch began, "to have been deceived in my married life, and I desire to break off all relations with my wife by legal means—that is, to be divorced, but to do this so that my son may not remain with his mother."
    Part Four (17% in)
  • She has forsaken her duty, and deceived her husband.
    Part Four (48% in)
  • I was married, and my husband deceived me; in anger and jealousy, I would have thrown up everything, I would myself....
    Part Four (50% in)
  • At the time he left the university he was fond of science, took an interest in humanity; now one-half of his abilities is devoted to deceiving himself, and the other to justifying the deceit.
    Part Five (5% in)
  • The same experience befell him as Golenishtchev, who felt that he had nothing to say, and continually deceived himself with the theory that his idea was not yet mature, that he was working it out and collecting materials.
    Part Five (37% in)
  • This exasperated and tortured Golenishtchev, but Vronsky was incapable of deceiving and torturing himself, and even more incapable of exasperation.
    Part Five (37% in)
  • She's so sweet; but you and I can't deceive ourselves.
    Part Five (57% in)
  • Everyone wished for nothing but that he should die as soon as possible, and everyone, concealing this, gave him medicines, tried to find remedies and doctors, and deceived him and themselves and each other.
    Part Five (59% in)
  • And she decided on the spot that next day, Seryozha's birthday, she would go straight to her husband's house, bribe or deceive the servants, but at any cost see her son and overturn the hideous deception with which they were encompassing the unhappy child.
    Part Five (85% in)
  • Already he saw himself a deceived husband, looked upon by his wife and her lover as simply necessary to provide them with the conveniences and pleasures of life....
    Part Six (18% in)
  • _ She had an intrigue with Tushkevitch, deceiving her husband in the basest way.
    Part Six (72% in)
  • Kitty's eyes opened in a curious way and gleamed at Anna's name, but controlling herself with an effort, she concealed her emotion and deceived him.
    Part Seven (33% in)
  • That I couldn't conceive a position in which life would not be a misery, that we are all created to be miserable, and that we all know it, and all invent means of deceiving each other.
    Part Seven (97% in)
  • And glancing at the red-cheeked husband and the thin wife, she saw that the sickly wife considered herself misunderstood, and the husband deceived her and encouraged her in that idea of herself.
    Part Seven (98% in)

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