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de·ceive

 (dĭ-sēv′)
v. de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing, de·ceives
v.tr.
1. To cause to believe what is not true; mislead.
2. Archaic To catch by guile; ensnare.
v.intr.
1. To practice deceit.
2. To give a false impression: appearances can deceive.

[Middle English deceiven, from Old French deceveir, from Vulgar Latin *dēcipēre, from Latin dēcipere, to ensnare, deceive : dē-, de- + capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

de·ceiv′a·ble adj.
de·ceiv′er n.
de·ceiv′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: deceive, mislead, delude, dupe, hoodwink, bamboozle
These verbs mean to cause someone to believe something untrue, usually with an ulterior motive in mind. Deceive, the most general, stresses the deliberate misrepresentation of what one knows to be true: "We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know, because they have never deceived us" (Samuel Johnson).
To mislead is to direct toward a wrong conclusion, as by the use of half-truths or obfuscation; it is often but not always intentional: "Writing for young people may tempt authors to oversimplify technical information, which may mislead or confuse the reader" (Margaret Bush).
Delude can imply a deception so thorough as to foster belief that is not merely misplaced but often irrational; it may also imply a strong dose of wishful thinking: "I knew, suddenly, in a thunderbolt of awareness, that I had been deluding myself for years, and had madly fancied myself a writer, when I was nothing of the sort" (Margaret Drabble).
To dupe is to play upon another's susceptibilities or naiveté: The shoppers were duped by false advertising. Hoodwink and the informal bamboozle refer to deception by hoaxing, trickery, or artful persuasion: "Worst of all ... the orchestra manager ... has somehow hoodwinked me with his courtly southern manner into signing another multiyear contract" (Arnold Steinhardt)."Perhaps if I wanted to be understood or to understand I would bamboozle myself into belief, but I am a reporter" (Graham Greene).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.deceivingly - in a misleading waydeceivingly - in a misleading way; "the exam looked deceptively easy"
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I dashed at the place in which I had left her lying and over which (for the small silk counterpane and the sheets were disarranged) the white curtains had been deceivingly pulled forward; then my step, to my unutterable relief, produced an answering sound: I perceived an agitation of the window blind, and the child, ducking down, emerged rosily from the other side of it.
All burgers are served on brioche buns which look deceivingly small when they arrive but are so packed with savoury treats, anything bigger would be sheer gluttony.
5million, the feared killer who terrorised 19th century America looks deceivingly genteel why playing croquet.
It was much easier than I thought it was going to be, deceivingly so," said Kelly, who had not eaten for two days to make full use of her 7lb claim at 9st 12lb.
Many predatory publishers also deploy unscrupulous marketing practices to seduce unsuspecting potential authors, such as inventing journal titles that are similar to those of well-known and reputable journals, or using logos deceivingly like those of conventional publishing houses.
A newcomer to the local theater scene, Weise fills the role with such lapidary emotional precision, and yet in a deceivingly carefree way, that she put this reviewer in mind of a young Mary Steenburgen.
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Their technique continues to be both deceivingly complex and entirely glamorous, while their talent and athleticism is unrivaled.
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A daunting task for most children, but not Amrin with her deceivingly shy exterior.
Their verdicts should impel TTP leaders to consider whether it was right to train teenage boys as suicide bombers and deceivingly making them believe that no sooner they will blow themselves up, that they will be welcomed by hoors and taken to paradise.