delude

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verb de·lude \ di-ˈlüd , dē- \

Definition of delude

deluded; deluding
transitive verb
1 :to mislead the mind or judgment of :deceive, trick
  • … people he regards as deluded by the romantic idea that children somehow possess innate knowledge …
  • —Andrew Delbanco
  • … Hamilton apparently deluded himself, as the first Treasury secretary, into thinking his policies patriotic when their effect, Mr. Phillips says, was to put money into silken purses.
  • —Michael Knox Beran
2 obsolete
b :evade, elude

deluder

noun

Examples of delude in a Sentence

  1. we deluded ourselves into thinking that the ice cream wouldn't affect our diet

Origin and Etymology of delude

Middle English, from Latin deludere, from de- + ludere to play — more at ludicrous

Synonym Discussion of delude

deceive, mislead, delude, beguile mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness. 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

DELUDE Defined for English Language Learners

delude

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Definition of delude for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true


DELUDE Defined for Kids

delude

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verb de·lude \ di-ˈlüd \

Definition of delude for Students

deluded; deluding
:deceive 1, mislead
  • They were deluded by the ad's claims.

Medical Dictionary

delude

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transitive verb de·lude \ di-ˈlüd \

medical Definition of delude

deluded; deluding
:to mislead the mind or judgment of


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