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
Examples of deceive in a Sentence
Her parents punished her for trying to deceive them.
He was accused of deceiving the customer about the condition of the car.
People who think they can eat whatever they want without harming their health are deceiving themselves.
Remember that appearances can deceive—just because something looks good doesn't mean it is good.
Recent Examples on the WebThe technology can deceive and confuse voters, casting doubt over what is real, adding to the disinformation that can be spread by social networks.—Lucía Cholakian Herrera, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023 In her mind, Western politicians know how to deceive their population, but in Russia no one is pretending.—Foreign Affairs, 10 Nov. 2023 Early buying blitzes can be deceiving, however: As worries grew more heightened about a recession, Fox’s ad-sales executives had to scramble to unload the remaining 5%.—Brian Steinberg, Variety, 2 Nov. 2023 The theme is common to both writers: in enforcing injustice, the colonist deceives, and destroys, himself.—David Remnick, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2023 If true, his story would confirm one of the MAGA right’s articles of faith: the existence of a deep state devoted to suppressing information and deceiving the American people.—Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023 The goal of the service is to help candidates protect the use of their content and likeness, and prevent deceiving information from being shared.
Called Content Credentials as a Service, users like electoral campaigns can use the tool to attach information to an image or video’s metadata.—Emilia David, The Verge, 8 Nov. 2023 The Education Department dunned GCU, the nation’s largest Christian college, $37.7 million for allegedly deceiving prospective students about the cost of its doctoral programs.—The Editorial Board, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2023 Alongside the threat to jobs, the possibility of AI going rogue and deceiving its users is one of the key concerns among the tech’s detractors.—Byryan Hogg, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French deceivre, from Latin decipere, from de- + capere to take — more at heave entry 1