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delude

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verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd, dē-\

Simple Definition of delude

  • : to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true

Full Definition of delude

de·lud·edde·lud·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mislead the mind or judgment of :  deceive, trick

  3. 2 obsolete a :  frustrate, disappoint b :  evade, elude

de·lud·er noun

Examples of delude

  1. <we deluded ourselves into thinking that the ice cream wouldn't affect our diet>



Origin of delude

Middle English, from Latin deludere, from de- + ludere to play — more at ludicrous


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of delude

deceive, mislead, delude, beguile mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness. deceive implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness <tried to deceive me about the cost>. mislead implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional <I was misled by the confusing sign>. delude implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth <we were deluded into thinking we were safe>. beguile stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving <was beguiled by false promises>.

Medical Dictionary

delude

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transitive verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd\

Medical Definition of delude

de·lud·edde·lud·ing

  1. :  to mislead the mind or judgment of





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