noun de·cep·tion \di-ˈsep-shən\

: the act of making someone believe something that is not true : the act of deceiving someone

: an act or statement intended to make people believe something that is not true

Full Definition of DECEPTION

a :  the act of deceiving
b :  the fact or condition of being deceived
:  something that deceives :  trick <a clever deception>
de·cep·tion·al \-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of DECEPTION

  1. She accuses the company of willful deception in its advertising.
  2. His many deceptions did not become known until years after he died.


Middle English decepcioun, from Anglo-French deception, from Late Latin deception-, deceptio, from Latin decipere to deceive
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of DECEPTION

deception, fraud, double-dealing, subterfuge, trickery mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives. deception may or may not imply blameworthiness, since it may suggest cheating or merely tactical resource <magicians are masters of deception>. fraud always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice <indicted for fraud>. double-dealing suggests treachery or at least action contrary to a professed attitude <a go-between suspected of double-dealing>. subterfuge suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end <obtained the papers by subterfuge>. trickery implies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat <resorted to trickery to gain their ends>.


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