Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The use of deceit.
  • n. The fact or state of being deceived.
  • n. A ruse; a trick.

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  • n. An instance of actions and/or schemes fabricated to mislead and/or delude someone into errantly believing a lie or inaccuracy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of deceiving or misleading.
  • n. The state of being deceived or misled.
  • n. That which deceives or is intended to deceive; false representation; artifice; cheat; fraud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of deceiving or misleading.
  • n. The state of being deceived or misled.
  • n. That which deceives; artifice; cheat: as, the scheme is all a deception.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of deceiving
  • n. an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
  • n. a misleading falsehood

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English decepcioun, from Old French deception, from Late Latin dēceptiō, dēceptiōn-, from Latin dēceptus, past participle of dēcipere, to deceive; see deceive.

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Past participle of Latin decipere "deceive"; gerund form of to deceive.

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