il·​lude | \ ə̇ˈlüd also ə̇lˈyüd \

Definition of illude

1a : delude, deceive in order to illude him regarding the paternity of the child— R. F. Hawkins
b : to subject to an illusion at the cinema I am … completely illuded— J. E. Agate
2 [Latin illudere] obsolete : mock, deride
3 archaic : to escape from : elude glad to illude the burdens of the day— George Crabbe †1832

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History and Etymology for illude

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 31 Oct. 2020.

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