de|lude [ dı`lud ] verb transitive
to make someone think something that is not true: DECEIVE:
The government should not be deluded into thinking that it is popular.
a. delude yourself to choose to believe something that is not true

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • delude — I verb be cunning, befool, beguile, bluff, cause error, cheat, cozen, create a false impression, cully, dazzle, deceive, decoy, defraud, deludere, dissemble, dupe, falsify, fool, give a false idea, give a false impression, gull, hoax, hoodwink,… …   Law dictionary

  • Delude — Delude, Fluß in Michigan, s.u. Black River 8) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • delude — c.1400, from L. deludere to play false; to mock, deceive, from DE (Cf. de ) down, to one s detriment + ludere to play (see LUDICROUS (Cf. ludicrous)). Related: Deluded; deluding …   Etymology dictionary

  • delude — beguile, *deceive, mislead, betray, double cross Analogous words: *dupe, gull, hoodwink, befool, bamboozle, hoax, trick: *cheat, cozen, overreach Antonyms: enlighten …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • delude — [v] deceive, fool beguile, betray, bluff, caboodle*, cheat, con, cozen, disinform, do a number on*, double cross, dupe*, gull*, hoax*, hoodwink*, illude, impose on, jive*, juggle*, lead up garden path*, misguide, mislead, mousetrap*, outfox, play …   New thesaurus

  • delude — ► VERB ▪ persuade (someone) to believe something incorrect; mislead. ORIGIN Latin deludere to mock , from ludere to play …   English terms dictionary

  • delude — [di lo͞od′] vt. deluded, deluding [ME deluden < L deludere < de , from + ludere, to play: see LUDICROUS] 1. to fool, as by false promises or wrong notions; mislead; deceive; trick 2. Obs. to elude or frustrate SYN. DECEIVE …   English World dictionary

  • delude — de|lude [dıˈlu:d] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: deludere, from ludere to play ] to make someone believe something that is not true = ↑deceive ▪ I was angry with him for trying to delude me. delude sb/yourself into doing sth ▪ It is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • delude — [[t]dɪlu͟ːd[/t]] deludes, deluding, deluded 1) VERB If you delude yourself, you let yourself believe that something is true, even though it is not true. [V pron refl] The President was deluding himself if he thought he was safe from such action …   English dictionary

  • delude — UK [dɪˈluːd] / US [dɪˈlud] verb [transitive] Word forms delude : present tense I/you/we/they delude he/she/it deludes present participle deluding past tense deluded past participle deluded to make someone think something that is not true The… …   English dictionary

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