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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And what if you lacked the capacity to delude yourself?
▪ But if we give up the second belief, then we do not think we are deluded by biology.
▪ Governments should not be deluded into thinking that they can arrogate to themselves powers that they do not and can not possess.
▪ Have you forgotten how easy it is to delude yourself into believing you are in love?
▪ How had she let herself be so deluded?
▪ If he really thought this would be his father's reaction, he was cruelly deluding himself.
▪ Or would you delude yourself about her performance?
▪ Wins in New Hampshire can sometimes delude.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Delude \De*lude"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluded; p. pr. & vb. n. Deluding.] [L. deludere, delusum; de- + ludere to play, make sport of, mock. See Ludicrous.]

  1. To lead from truth or into error; to mislead the mind or judgment of; to beguile; to impose on; to dupe; to make a fool of.

    To delude the nation by an airy phantom.

  2. To frustrate or disappoint.

    It deludes thy search.

    Syn: To mislead; deceive; beguile; cajole; cheat; dupe. See Deceive.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, from Latin deludere "to play false; to mock, deceive," from de- "down, to one's detriment" (see de-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Related: Deluded; deluding.


vb. (context transitive English) To deceive into believing something which is false; to lead into error; to dupe.


v. be false to; be dishonest with [syn: deceive, lead on, cozen]

Usage examples of "delude".

We went abovestairs to tidy up for luncheon, and make further plans to delude him.

And the cardinal was deluding himself if he thought that that garish duo of Aethiop eunuchs provided any true protection of his hareem from invasion by any really determined body.

And the cardinal was deluding himself if he thought that that garish duo of Aethiop eunuchs provided any true protection of his harem from invasion by any really determined body.

Hob had seen him, back at Blackacre farmhouse, and it was only a matter of time before he, or more likely one of his nastier agents, came looking for the poor deluded fool who had dared to spy on the great and powerful Nicholas Hob.

The fact that he limped deluded other bulls into thinking that here was an easy enemy, and in the first years he was often challenged, always to the dismay of those who did the challenging.

The Nabopolassar had seen it in him on the banks of the river Euphrates, and not even the gods could delude a Chaldaean seer.

Polytheism conducts its deluded votaries, through the paths of error, to the abyss of eternal perdition.

As nearly all of the prominent Fenian leaders had been placed under arrest for transgression of United States laws, and quite a number of their deluded followers who were captured in Canada were confined in Canadian prisons awaiting trial, the seriousness of their offences began to dawn upon the minds of those implicated in the movement.

There surely never was a greater number of miracles ascribed to one person, than those, which were lately said to have been wrought in France upon the tomb of Abbe Paris, the famous Jansenist, with whose sanctity the people were so long deluded.

Having seen a father part with his daughter and a village agree with that act, he could no longer delude himself that Kais Tain would ever confess their own guilt for turning him out.

Shinto theory and beliefs into militaristic and ultra-nationalistic propaganda designed to delude the Japanese people and lead them into wars of aggression.

They professed the warmest indignation at the threatened invasion of the kingdom by an enemy, who, grown desperate from repeated defeats, might possibly make that attempt as a last effort, vainly flattered with the imaginary hope of assistance in Ireland, from the former attachment of their deluded predecessors.

He burst into exclamations of astonishment, declared the thing impossible, incredible, and at last begged me to ask the same question, as he was quite sure that his daughter was mistaken, or rather that the oracle was deluding her.

On that date Paul Kruger, a refugee from the country which he had ruined, arrived at Lourenco Marques, abandoning his beaten commandos and his deluded burghers.

If neither she nor Seven were deluded, then Chrysalis stood on the verge of implementing evolutionary developments even more significant than she conceived of before.