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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deception  \De*cep"tion\,  n.  [F.  d['e]ception,  L.  deceptio,  fr 
  decipere  deceptum  See  {Deceive}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  deceiving  or  misleading.  --South. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  deceived  or  misled. 
 
  There  is  one  thing  relating  either  to  the  action  or 
  enjoyments  of  man  in  which  he  is  not  liable  to 
  deception.  --South. 
 
  3.  That  which  deceives  or  is  intended  to  deceive;  false 
  representation;  artifice;  cheat;  fraud. 
 
  There  was  of  course  room  for  vast  deception. 
  --Motley. 
 
  Syn:  {Deception},  {Deceit},  {Fraud},  {Imposition}. 
 
  Usage:  Deception  usually  refers  to  the  act  and  deceit  to  the 
  habit  of  the  mind;  hence  we  speak  of  a  person  as 
  skilled  in  deception  and  addicted  to  deceit.  The 
  practice  of  deceit  springs  altogether  from  design,  and 
  that  of  the  worst  kind  but  a  deception  does  not 
  always  imply  aim  and  intention.  It  may  be  undesigned 
  or  accidental.  An  imposition  is  an  act  of  deception 
  practiced  upon  some  one  to  his  annoyance  or  injury;  a 
  fraud  implies  the  use  of  stratagem,  with  a  view  to 
  some  unlawful  gain  or  advantage. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deception 
  n  1:  a  misleading  falsehood  [syn:  {misrepresentation},  {deceit}] 
  2:  the  act  of  deceiving  [syn:  {deceit},  {dissembling},  {dissimulation}] 
  3:  an  illusory  feat;  considered  magical  by  naive  observers 
  [syn:  {magic  trick},  {conjuring  trick},  {trick},  {magic}, 
  {legerdemain},  {illusion}] 




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