transitive verb

ə̇ˈlüd also ə̇lˈyüd
: delude, deceive
in order to illude him regarding the paternity of the childR. F. Hawkins
: to subject to an illusion
at the cinema I am … completely illudedJ. E. Agate
[Latin illudere] obsolete : mock, deride
archaic : to escape from : elude
glad to illude the burdens of the dayGeorge Crabbe †1832

Word History


Middle English illuden, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French illuder, from Medieval Latin illudere, from Latin, to mock or jeer at

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“Illude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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