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

  • adj. Deceived by one's own illusions or errors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deceived or misled respecting one's self by one's own mistake or error.


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  • Should we continue to be susceptible to the con, to a large extent self-deceived by our own greed, and to continue to support business, community and church leaders, politicians and others who play the game of giving us subterfuge aimed to manipulate, then we can only expect more of the same.

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  • Especially when a character is as self-involved, not to mention self-deceived, as Maximilien Aue, the true-believing Nazi SS officer who narrates his war experiences in The Kindly Ones, any critical commentary must acknowledge that "meaning" or "theme" (and even at times "style") are conditioned by the limits of the narrator's perspective.

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  • But if our shared culture doesn't have the eyes to see what they see and know what they know, such men and women usually end up being perceived as irrational, self-deceived, and deluded -- as representatives of the false.

    Andrew Z. Cohen: Daring to Bear Witness: The Challenge of Being a Spiritual Teacher

  • But Freedman's lazy scientists are Schulz's self-deceived strivers.

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  • And for that reason alone, she would always feel self-deceived and robbed at the same time, as though she had cooperated with a thief in burglarizing her own home.

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  • I think “ignorant”, “self-deceived” and “misinformed” go more in the direction of describing the actual situation.

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  • Alternately, you could choose to continue sounding like a self-deceived trash-talking mindless acolyte.

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  • If indeed the Church is cursed, if we are an “immortal blemish” as he claims, the slaves of a herd mentality, following our basest instincts and primitive impulses, then we are irrational, self-deceived, little more than animals doing what animals do.

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  • He thought Christians were irrational, self-deceived, repressed, and arrogant; he took Christian morality to be pettily reactionary and positively fatal to life…3.

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  • The utopian, 'greenie' self-deceived BBC ignores the negative evidence about wind farms, which Christopher Booker and others have exposed, e.g.



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