de·​lud·​ed di-ˈlü-dəd How to pronounce deluded (audio)
: deceived by false beliefs
a deluded eccentric
: having or characterized by delusional ideas
deluded thinking

Examples of deluded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although anyone who considers Bono profound is laughably deluded — Bono simply parrots the liberal cant that leftists hold as proof of their moral superiority. Armond White, National Review, 20 Sep. 2023 Goldsborough recounts how a small band of deluded U.S. adventurers, many of whom had seen action in the expansionary Mexican-American War and Indian Wars, sought to annex Cuba as a slave state to the pre–Civil War Union. James Oliver Goldsborough, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2017 Related Story Why South Korea Won’t Build Any Nuclear Weapons However, the U.S. is probably not so deluded to think that the Kentucky’s visit will greatly affect North Korea’s resolve, as countless other warnings and shows of force over decades have failed to do so. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 19 July 2023 That is, the more deluded the stalker, the more protected the stalking. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 27 June 2023 Putin is frequently described as mercurial, deluded, and irrational—someone who cannot be bargained with on the basis of national or political self-interest. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 3 May 2023 South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem insisted that, contrary to the deluded media’s narratives, the NRA is much more diverse than is given credit. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 14 Apr. 2023 But point me to the critic of objectivity who wants a more deluded, less curious, unrigorous press. Max Moran, The New Republic, 4 Apr. 2023 Is forgiveness a deluded and desperate choice or an act of bravery? Alex Mar, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deluded was circa 1628

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“Deluded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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