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Deceived by one's own illusions or errors.


1. holding an erroneous opinion of oneself, one's own effort, or the like.
2. being mistaken, as from careless or wishful thinking.
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Brutally honest at times, self-deceived at other times, willing to use his profession to hurt, [Schlosser is] .
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.
People have self-deceived and scammed their made-up gods so much that all they want sometimes is to be truthful in absolute godless solitude.
I don't have the text handy, but I think in each poem there is, simplistically, hope for an ideal, but a refusal to be self-deceived.
Now in literary narrative the recounting of someone's self-deception could be done by another (second and third person narration), which always has the built-in option of the reporter's epistemic superiority and his ability to point out explicitly that the character was, is or has been self-deceived for some time.
Audi distinguishes self-deception from delusion such that no one who is self-deceived holds a delusional belief that p (173).