de·​lude | \ di-ˈlüd How to pronounce delude (audio) , dē- \
deluded; deluding

Definition of delude

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

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Other Words from delude

deluder noun

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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

Examples of delude in a Sentence

we deluded ourselves into thinking that the ice cream wouldn't affect our diet
Recent Examples on the Web The assumption that a comprehensive aerial assault could bring about a revolution against the Iranian regime is not necessarily deluded. Steven Simon, The New York Review of Books, "The Middle East: Trump Blunders In," 16 Jan. 2020 Both Zink and Williams are aware of this problem — writers preoccupied not just with gap between intentions and reality, but the extent to which people are willing to delude themselves in order to avoid admitting to that gap. Rebecca Mccarthy, Longreads, "Climate Messaging: A Case for Negativity," 29 Sep. 2019 In 2001, Scott and I were deluded enough to think the world was going to come to us. We were terrified and intimidated by the concept of booking a tour. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Location: Where the Avett Brothers Record, Tour, and Recover," 18 Oct. 2019 That wouldn't be a problem, apart from that the film is itself as deluded as the clown at its center. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch This Weekend In Theaters and On Demand, From ‘Joker’ to ‘Low Tide’," 4 Oct. 2019 That’s why members of the Royal Order of 21sters delude themselves. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: This year is different. All fears of winter are on hold," 21 Sep. 2019 That statement, which very likely caused puzzlement for all but the most deluded of Mets fans, might just turn out to be correct. New York Times, "An Amazin’ Month for the Mets," 12 Aug. 2019 Some wrote her off as a mischievous prankster; others suggested she was deluded, struggling with mental illness. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Rosie Ruiz, who ‘won’ Boston Marathon but skipped most of the race, dies at 66," 7 Aug. 2019 Amid the turbulence of unemployment, stop-and-search laws and bigotry facing black youths in 1980s Britain, two former friends square off in the ring in the hope — perhaps deluded — that a sports title might offer a way out. Philip Brandes,, "Hollywood Fringe Festival kicks off three-week marathon of 400-plus shows," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of delude

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for delude

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

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21 Feb 2020

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“Delude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of delude

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


de·​lude | \ di-ˈlüd How to pronounce delude (audio) \
deluded; deluding

Kids Definition of delude

: deceive sense 1, mislead They were deluded by the ad's claims.
de·​lude | \ di-ˈlüd How to pronounce delude (audio) \
deluded; deluding

Medical Definition of delude

: to mislead the mind or judgment of

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