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.
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 century
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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