de·​lud·​ed | \ di-ˈlü-dəd How to pronounce deluded (audio) , dē- \

Definition of deluded

: 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 But far more deluded critics object to the film for being immoral. Jack Butler, National Review, "It’s Still a Wonderful Movie," 25 Dec. 2020 The state had failed its citizens, advocacy groups had failed the public, and an entire civilization had cosseted itself in a deluded sense of its own rectitude. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "Marilynne Robinson’s Essential American Stories," 25 Sep. 2020 Luck's announcement left fans and observers feeling shock and confusion and, in a handful of deluded cases, anger. Adam Kilgore,, "Andrew Luck made a brave decision, and he might inspire other NFL players to do the same," 26 Aug. 2019 But this all comes at the end of this addictively chronicled history, in six parts, of a deluded autocrat and his equally imperious czarina, German-born and the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Last Czars’ Review: Deadly Delusions," 27 June 2019 This is about an abusive male grifter who uses the levers of the law and its many domestic violence–enabling loopholes to wreak havoc on the life of a deluded but innocent woman. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In Dirty John, Connie Britton Brings a Cautionary Tale to Life—And According to Her, the Timing’s Never Been Better to Talk About Con Men," 23 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, this sort of deluded thinking is just as prevalent in our modern world; nowhere more so than in cybersecurity. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—Would You Buy Cybersecurity From a Witch Doctor?," 19 May 2018 These men and women are not protesting the elimination of Southern culture and history, but rather reacting to their own deluded notions that white people are losing control of our country. Tyler Coates, Esquire, "It's No Longer About Southern Heritage. In Fact, It Never Was.," 12 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of deluded

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

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