Definition of deception
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 : something that deceives : trick fooled by a scam artist's clever deception
deceptionalplay \-shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of deception in a Sentence
She accuses the company of willful deception in its advertising.
His many deceptions did not become known until years after he died.
Recent Examples of deception from the Web
In the case of Putin, who is trained in deception, this could be difficult to do — especially if the Russian leader tries to disarm Trump with praise.
In the case of Putin, who is trained in deception, this could be difficult to do--especially if the Russian leader tries to disarm Trump with praise.
So far, surrogates for his administration have been insisting that the Senate bill’s massive Medicaid cut would not actually break his campaign promise to protect the program—an obvious deception that other allies have struggled to spin.
The alleged deception: The retailers market and sell the hefty lumber as 4x4s without specifying that the boards actually measure 3½ inches by 3½ inches.
The sophomore ace gave up three runs and walked a career-high five, unable to find the deception on his pitches to beat the Florida lineup.
Jerry Dewayne Long, 39, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of first-degree theft by deception.
And his delivery, which has some deception, is violent to the point of concerning for some scouts.
Signs of deceptionThere’s a world of apps for affect recognition nowadays.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of deception
DECEPTION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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