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Noun1.self-deceit - a misconception that is favorable to the person who holds it
misconception - an incorrect conception
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I will soon explain to what these feelings tended, but allow me now to return to the cottagers, whose story excited in me such various feelings of indignation, delight, and wonder, but which all terminated in additional love and reverence for my protectors(for so I loved, in an innocent, half-painful self-deceit, to call them).
Whatever gloss the various spectators put upon the interest, according to their several arts and powers of self-deceit, the interest was, at the root of it, Ogreish.
Grant, really eager to get any change for her sister, could, by the easiest self-deceit, persuade herself that she was doing the kindest thing by Fanny, and giving her the most important opportunities of improvement in pressing her frequent calls.
For much of our recent past it was all too easy for creative agencies to act a little like an indul- gent teenager who - using guile, cunning, a little self-deceit or, at times, no doubt, unwavering conviction - is able to convince their benevolent uncle (the client in this analogy) to invest his hard-earned fortune behind whatever whim the teenager has their heart set on in that given month.
This self-deceit is not a folly, but it precedes the folly, preparing it.
Michaelson advises that surrendering to our sadness, rather than suppressing it, brings relief, and that the absence of self-deceit that this surrender involves can be a source of joy.
Everything they write to the opposition and dissenting pundit is as simplistic as "Now you have learned your lesson" and "You miscalculated the election outcome, thus you have erred completely and have no legitimacy anymore," or as infantile as calling all the conscientious intellectuals who are desperately ringing the alarm bells about Erdoy-an's devastation of the rule of law as a "pack in self-deceit.
We would all like to see our lives governed by sound reasoning and understanding, but in practice we often allow ourselves to be driven by self-deceit.
will leave Kyrgyzstan upon denunciation of Kumtor project agreement is self-deceit, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Jantoro Satybaldiev said at the session of Respublika parliamentary faction on September 20 that reviewed the outcomes of the Kumtor projects talks held by the government.
It is time we recognised the boundless narcissism and self-deceit of the religious believer.
Sixth, the assumption that it is worthwhile and possible to hold free elections to the representative institutions of the Palestinian Authority in the shadow of Israeli occupation is also an inseparable aspect of the Oslo self-deceit.
Jeff Gates is author Guilt By Association -- How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War.