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delude
used in 1776

6 uses
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Definition
deceive (convince to have a false belief)
  • There was "no believing these poor deluded wretches," wrote Colonel Charles Stuart, summing up what most British officers felt.
    p. 141.5
  • "When the unhappy and deluded multitude, against whom this force will be directed, shall become sensible of their error, I shall be ready to receive the misled with tenderness and mercy," he pledged, and as evidence of his good intentions, he would give authority to "certain persons" to grant pardons "upon the spot" in America, though beyond this he said no more.
    p. 12.1
  • Deluded mortals !" he called them.
    p. 110.9
  • News of the Declaration of Independence served only to underscore "the villainy and the madness of these deluded people," an outraged Ambrose Serle observed.
    p. 141.9
  • Howe wanted to keep the Americans on the run, and continue to clear the board, so to speak—to clear New Jersey and Rhode Island of the rebel forces just as he had cleared New York, and by such conquests of vital territory bring the deluded American people and their political leaders to their senses and end their demonstrably futile rebellion.
    p. 252.4
  • Nothing could have afforded me so much satisfaction [said the King] as to have been able to inform you .... that my unhappy people [in America], recovered from their delusion, had delivered themselves from the oppression of their leaders and returned to their duty.
    p. 292.3

There are no more uses of "delude" in 1776.

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