Definition of deception
- resorting to falsehood and deception
- used deception to leak the classified information
- the deception of his audience
- fooled by a scam artist's clever deception
She accuses the company of willful deception in its advertising.
His many deceptions did not become known until years after he died.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
artifice, cheating, cozenage, craft, craftiness, crookedness, crookery, cunning, cunningness, deceit, deceitfulness, deceptiveness, dishonesty, dissembling, dissimulation, double-dealing, dupery, duplicity, fakery, foxiness, fraud, guile, guilefulness, wiliness;
: 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
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