Definition of deception noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    deception

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsepʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsepʃn//
     
    Dishonest
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the act of deliberately making somebody believe something that is not true (= of deceiving them) synonym deceit a drama full of lies and deception He was accused of obtaining property by deception. See related entries: Dishonest
  2. 2[countable] a trick intended to make somebody believe something that is not true synonym deceit The whole episode had been a cruel deception.
  3. Word Familydeceive verbdeceit noundeceitful adjectivedeception noundeceptive adjective Word Origin late Middle English: from late Latin deceptio(n-), from decipere ‘deceive’.Extra examples He’ll use deception to get what he wants. His elaborate deception fooled everyone. She failed to see through his deception. She was charged with obtaining property by deception. This elaborate deception fooled his family for ages. He was accused of obtaining money by deception. It’s a drama full of lies and deception.
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