self-deceit

noun
self-de·​ceit | \ ˌself-di-ˈsēt How to pronounce self-deceit (audio) \
plural self-deceits

Definition of self-deceit

: the act or an instance of deceiving oneself or the state of being deceived by oneself : self-deception Mrs. Grant … could, by the easiest self-deceit, persuade herself that she was doing the kindest thing by Fanny …— Jane Austen

First Known Use of self-deceit

1590, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-deceit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-deceit. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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