self-deception

noun

self-de·​cep·​tion ˌself-di-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce self-deception (audio)
plural self-deceptions
: the act or an instance of deceiving oneself or the state of being deceived by oneself especially concerning one's true nature, feelings, etc.
the capacity for self-deception
Over time, [Henry] Marsh writes, many doctors start to internalize the stories they tell themselves about their superior judgment and skill. But the best, he adds, unlearn their self-deceptions, and come to accept their fallibility and learn from their mistakes.Jennifer Senior

Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-deception was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Self-deception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-deception. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

self-deception

noun
self-de·​cep·​tion
ˌself-di-ˈsep-shən
: the act of deceiving oneself : the state of being deceived by oneself
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