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. [1913 Webster]

To delude the nation by an airy phantom. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. To frustrate or disappoint. [1913 Webster]

It deludes thy search. --Dryden.

Syn: To mislead; deceive; beguile; cajole; cheat; dupe. See {Deceive}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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