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
Her parents punished her for trying to deceive them.
He was accused of deceiving the customer about the condition of the car.
People who think they can eat whatever they want without harming their health are deceiving themselves.
Remember that appearances can deceive—just because something looks good doesn't mean it is good.
Recent Examples on the WebWhitsett said his staff has worked on formations that can deceive opponents on where Wheeler will be on a kickoff, preventing them from kicking away from him.—Rick Kretzschmar, Dallas News, 25 Oct. 2022 Forensic scientists and psychologists have studied why people deceive.—Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 Unfortunately, many scammers and fraudsters saw the pandemic as an opportunity to deceive vulnerable citizens.—Kaitlyn Koterbski, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2022 To Ashai, the Afghan passport suggests the Masts’ willingness to deceive.—Rozina Ali, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2022 Some may find Stelfie's attempts to sell the images as NFTs unpalatable (the tech is controversial), but simulated time travel is arguably a novel entertainment use of technology that can otherwise create deepfakes and potentially deceive others.—Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2022 Labeling legal provisions ‘loopholes’ is a tactic to deceive and to advocate for broader and vaguer gun-control laws across the nation.—Cody J. Wisniewski, National Review, 7 Dec. 2022 For example, one tweet that blew up was how a Senior Data Twitter Engineer could technically deceive Elon Musk by creating a plausible idea of code contribution.—José Adorno, BGR, 5 Dec. 2022 With Simon & Schuster unlikely to have been looking to deliberately deceive buyers when the duplications were so likely to be easily spotted, speculation will ensue as to how the company came to believe the books were individually signed.—Chris Willman, Variety, 20 Nov. 2022 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French deceivre, from Latin decipere, from de- + capere to take — more at heave entry 1