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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.

  1. Being affected by delusions. v

  2. (en-past of: delude)

Usage examples of "deluded".

The deluded conspirators attended the funeral of their injured sovereign, with sincere or well-feigned contrition, and submitted to the unanimous resolution of the military order, which was signified by the following epistle: "The brave and fortunate armies to the senate and people of Rome.

This man deluded our hardworking slaves, confusing them with irrational promises that lured them into a hopeless, nonsensical fight.

Iblis has deluded the Ixian rebels into throwing themselves at the ferocious assassin robots, with no hope of survival and no chance of making the slightest progress against the enemy.

I will not allow deluded fools or self-centered bureaucrats to stop me.

The general had left Juno on Bela Tegeuse to continue to rally and convert the deluded population there.

For then the exterior senses are deluded and are employed by the interior senses.

And from this it follows that all who are deluded in this way are presumed to be in deadly sin.

It is to be said that it is all done by devil's work and illusion, for the senses of those who see them are deluded in the way we have said.

The scientist's frivolous badges of honor meant nothing to Bel Moulay, and all the captive Zen-shütes were offended that such a useless, deluded man could flaunt his wealth while stepping on the faithful.

Later on, quite often, the leader, a most fetching scoundrel and madman named Celine, sometimes tells them it really stands for Little Deluded Dupes.

Many were Hollywood people, writers and actors and their satellites--working-class people as deluded as I was regarding Communism, people who wanted to get close to the Hollywood people because of their movie connections.

And when the grand jury heard that talk, they probably wouldn’t have the brains to think it out one step further: that the sad, deluded fuckers talked because they didn’t have the balls to do anything else.