de·​lud·​ed | \ di-ˈlü-dəd How to pronounce deluded (audio) , dē- \

Definition of deluded

: deceived by false beliefs a deluded eccentric : having or characterized by delusional ideas deluded thinking

Examples of deluded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film suggests the deluded single-mindedness of many missionaries in foreign lands, bringing with them not holiness but violence and spiritual unrest. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 Sondheim and Weidman can try to come up with outlandish scenarios, like a bunch of ghosts urging Oswald to take up his rifle, but reality is always a thousand steps ahead, making up darker and weirder and more deluded stories. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 15 Nov. 2021 Voter fraud is, of course, the bloody shirt waved by Trump, his enablers and some of the former president’s more deluded followers. Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021 Shortly after Roy returned to India, in 1930, in a deluded attempt to influence the independence movement, he was arrested and imprisoned by the British. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 But far more deluded critics object to the film for being immoral. Jack Butler, National Review, 25 Dec. 2020 The state had failed its citizens, advocacy groups had failed the public, and an entire civilization had cosseted itself in a deluded sense of its own rectitude. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2020 Luck's announcement left fans and observers feeling shock and confusion and, in a handful of deluded cases, anger. Adam Kilgore,, 26 Aug. 2019 But this all comes at the end of this addictively chronicled history, in six parts, of a deluded autocrat and his equally imperious czarina, German-born and the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, 27 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of deluded

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deluded was circa 1628

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“Deluded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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