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The act of deceiving oneself or the state of being deceived by oneself.

self′-de·cep′tive adj.
self′-de·cep′tive·ly adv.




the act or an instance of deceiving oneself, esp as to the true nature of one's feelings or motives
ˌself-deˈceptive adj


the act or fact of deceiving oneself. Also called self′-deceit′.
self′-decep′tive, adj.
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Noun1.self-deception - a misconception that is favorable to the person who holds it
misconception - an incorrect conception


[ˌselfdɪˈsepʃən] Nengaño m de sí mismo
this is mere self-deceptionesto es engañarse a sí mismo
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