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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deceive  \De*ceive"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Deceived};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Deceiving}.]  [OE.  deceveir  F.  d['e]cevoir,  fr  L. 
  decipere  to  catch,  insnare,  deceive;  de-  +  capere  to  take 
  catch.  See  {Capable},  and  cf  {Deceit},  {Deception}.] 
  1.  To  lead  into  error;  to  cause  to  believe  what  is  false,  or 
  disbelieve  what  is  true;  to  impose  upon  to  mislead;  to 
  cheat;  to  disappoint;  to  delude;  to  insnare. 
 
  Evil  men  and  seducers  shall  wax  worse  and  worse, 
  deceiving,  and  being  deceived.  --2  Tim.  iii. 
  13. 
 
  Nimble  jugglers  that  deceive  the  eye.  --Shak. 
 
  What  can  'scape  the  eye  Of  God  all-seeing,  or 
  deceive  his  heart?  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  beguile;  to  amuse,  so  as  to  divert  the  attention;  to 
  while  away  to  take  away  as  if  by  deception. 
 
  These  occupations  oftentimes  deceived  The  listless 
  hour.  --Wordsworth. 
 
  3.  To  deprive  by  fraud  or  stealth;  to  defraud.  [Obs.] 
 
  Plant  fruit  trees  in  large  borders,  and  set  therein 
  fine  flowers,  but  thin  and  sparingly,  lest  they 
  deceive  the  trees.  --Bacon. 
 
  Syn:  {Deceive},  {Delude},  {Mislead}. 
 
  Usage:  Deceive  is  a  general  word  applicable  to  any  kind  of 
  misrepresentation  affecting  faith  or  life.  To  delude, 
  primarily,  is  to  make  sport  of  by  deceiving,  and  is 
  accomplished  by  playing  upon  one's  imagination  or 
  credulity,  as  by  exciting  false  hopes,  causing  him  to 
  undertake  or  expect  what  is  impracticable,  and  making 
  his  failure  ridiculous.  It  implies  some  infirmity  of 
  judgment  in  the  victim,  and  intention  to  deceive  in 
  the  deluder.  But  it  is  often  used  reflexively, 
  indicating  that  a  person's  own  weakness  has  made  him 
  the  sport  of  others  or  of  fortune;  as  he  deluded 
  himself  with  a  belief  that  luck  would  always  favor 
  him  To  mislead  is  to  lead,  guide,  or  direct  in  a 
  wrong  way  either  willfully  or  ignorantly. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deceive 
  v  1:  be  false  to  be  dishonest  with  [syn:  {lead  on},  {delude},  {cozen}] 
  2:  cause  someone  to  believe  an  untruth;  "The  insurance  company 
  deceived  me  when  they  told  me  they  were  covering  my  house" 
  [syn:  {betray},  {lead  astray}]  [ant:  {undeceive}] 




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