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Deceived by one's own illusions or errors.
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1. holding an erroneous opinion of oneself, one's own effort, or the like.
2. being mistaken, as from careless or wishful thinking.
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My quieter thoughts suggested that she might well be self-deceived in believing the horrible spectacle presented to her in the vision to be an actual reflection of the truth.
He had striven to put a cheat upon himself by making the avowal of a guilty conscience, but had gained only one other sin, and a self-acknowledged shame, without the momentary relief of being self-deceived. He had spoken the very truth, and transformed it into the veriest falsehood.
Don't be too sure of that,' cried Barnaby, with a strange pleasure in the belief that she was self-deceived, and in his own sagacity.
But Eve was Eve; This far his over-match, who, self-deceived And rash, beforehand had no better weighed The strength he was to cope with, or his own.
Therefore, now India must see the writing on the wall in Kashmir rather than burying its head in the sand like a self-deceived ostrich.
After three years of following Jesus, peter, one of Jesus' closest disciples, was self-deceived in terms of whether or not he would really die for Jesus' sake rather than deny him before his enemies (Matthew 26:33-35, 69-75).
So, it is not the case that God deceived Satan, but that Satan was self-deceived: "Oft evil will shall evil mar" (J.
"Brutally honest at times, self-deceived at other times, willing to use his profession to hurt, [Schlosser is] ...
"Since penis size is a sensitive subject, it's hard to determine whether females lied or 'self-deceived' in their responses," lead author Brian Mautz, a postdoctoral researcher in evolution and sexual selection at the University of Ottawa, said.
Maybe the more germane question is, Are large numbers of the American people self-deceived about homosexuality?
Frequently, the belief is intense and when it is very strong, one may become self-deceived and relinquishment is improbable.
Only in retrospect is it now clear that "If you will it, it is no dream" was the maxim of an inspired leader rather than the mantra of a self-deceived con man.