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Definition of Deceive


  1. To lead into error; to cause to believe what is false, or disbelieve what is true; to impose upon; to mislead; to cheat; to disappoint; to delude; to insnare.
  2. To beguile; to amuse, so as to divert the attention; to while away; to take away as if by deception.
  3. To deprive by fraud or stealth; to defraud.

Deceive Quotations

A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.
Alan Turing

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
Eric Hoffer

Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
Walter Scott

We must trust to nothing but facts: these are presented to us by nature and cannot deceive. We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation.
Antoine Lavoisier
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Deceive Translations

deceive in Danish is bedrage
deceive in Dutch is misleiden, bedriegen
deceive in Italian is abbindolare
deceive in Latin is impono, decipio, ludo
deceive in Portuguese is iluda
deceive in Swedish is bedra, svika, narra
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