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deceive

Synonyms and Antonyms of deceive

to cause to believe what is untrue

  • he went to great lengths to deceive his family about the nature of his new job at the mall
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Phrases Synonymous with deceive

do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes

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Synonym Discussion of deceive

deceive, mislead, delude, beguile mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness. deceive implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness.
    • tried to deceive me about the cost
mislead implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional.
    • I was misled by the confusing sign
delude implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth.
    • we were deluded into thinking we were safe
beguile stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving.
    • was beguiled by false promises


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