deception

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noun de·cep·tion \di-ˈsep-shən\

Definition of deception

  1. 1a :  the act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid :  the act of deceiving resorting to falsehood and deception used deception to leak the classified informationb :  the fact or condition of being deceived the deception of his audience

  2. 2 :  something that deceives :  trick fooled by a scam artist's clever deception

deceptional

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Examples of deception in a Sentence

  1. She accuses the company of willful deception in its advertising.

  2. His many deceptions did not become known until years after he died.

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Origin and Etymology of deception

Middle English decepcioun, from Anglo-French deception, from Late Latin deception-, deceptio, from Latin decipere to deceive

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


DECEPTION Defined for English Language Learners

deception

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Definition of deception for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DECEPTION Defined for Kids

deception

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noun de·cep·tion \di-ˈsep-shən\

Definition of deception for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of making someone believe something that is not true Magicians are masters of deception.

  2. 2 :  1trick 1 His clever deception fooled me.


Law Dictionary

deception

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noun de·cep·tion \di-ˈsep-shən\

Legal Definition of deception

  1. 1 :  an act of deceiving

  2. 2 :  something that deceives :  deceit



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