deception
noun Etymology: Middle English decepcioun, from Anglo-French deception, from Late Latin deception-, deceptio, from Latin decipere to deceive Date: 15th century 1. a. the act of deceiving b. the fact or condition of being deceived 2. something that deceives ; trick <
a clever deception
>
deceptional adjective Synonyms: deception, fraud, double-dealing, subterfuge, trickery mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives. deception may or may not imply blameworthiness, since it may suggest cheating or merely tactical resource <
magicians are masters of deception
>
. fraud always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice <
indicted for fraud
>
. double-dealing suggests treachery or at least action contrary to a professed attitude <
a go-between suspected of double-dealing
>
. subterfuge suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end <
obtained the papers by subterfuge
>
. trickery implies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat <
resorted to trickery to gain their ends
>
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  • deception — de·cep·tion /di sep shən/ n 1: an act of deceiving 2: something that deceives: deceit Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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  • deception — [dē sep′shən, disep′shən] n. [ME decepcioun < OFr deception < L deceptio < pp. of decipere: see DECEIVE] 1. the act or practice of deceiving 2. the fact or condition of being deceived 3. something that deceives, as an illusion, or is… …   English World dictionary

  • déception — DÉCEPTION. s. fém. Tromperie, séduction. Cela s est fait sans fraude ni déception. Il n est guère d usage qu au Palais …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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