• WordNet 3.6
    • n deceptiveness the quality of being deceptive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Deceptiveness The power or habit of deceiving; tendency or aptness to deceive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deceptiveness The power of deceiving; tendency or aptness to deceive.
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  • Aesop
    “Appearances are deceptive.”
  • Robert Southey
    “All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.”
  • Marina Tsvetaeva
    Marina Tsvetaeva
    “A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't --it's human.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The person who cannot laugh is not only ready for treason, and deceptions, their whole life is already a treason and deception.”
  • Vaclav Havel
    “The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it.”


In literature:

I charge him with having been a party to that conspiracy and to that deception, for the sole purpose of nationalizing slavery.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
For the first time in his life he attempted the practice of deception, and experienced the bitterness of carrying a guilty secret in his bosom.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
I pray that I may so live that my life will proclaim itself without need of boasting or deception.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
Anger again gave place to horror over her deception.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Under Canvas" by Janet Aldridge
Pure feeling rejoices in a logical nonentity very deceptive to dialectical minds.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
It is down right deception of the very worst kind.
"The Inner Sisterhood" by Douglass Sherley et al.
In the fight which ensues Archimago is unhorsed and his deception unmasked.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
The celestial messenger showed him hell by an act of deception.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
As regards those that are possessed of powers of deception, one should fight with them aided by the ways of deception.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The deception became a shame to me, then a dull horror.
"The Firing Line" by Robert W. Chambers
The scale hangs true I have no doubt; but it is in the weights that deception lurks.
"Topsy-Turvy Land" by Samuel M. Zwemer
He had let Hugo into the secret of that deception, but only to cheat him with another deception, and a more monstrous one.
"Hugo" by Arnold Bennett
And in your career of deception always, if possible, include yourself among those whom you deceive.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The gentlemen entered accordingly, with a determination to suffer no deception.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
I shall let them know I despise such deception, but I shall treat them exactly as I have always treated them.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Deception is one of its chief means, and one of the great arts of skilful generalship is to deceive in order to destroy.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
He peered round in the deceptive moonlight, but could perceive nothing.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
This development in Cromwell's course of deception brings us back to the ordinary path of history.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
And deceptive chiaroscuro the lowest of all.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
Now, I propose to try to show that the whole of this, issue and evidence, is, from beginning to end, the sheerest deception.
"The Life Of Abraham Lincoln From His Birth To His Inauguration As President" by Ward H. Lamon

In poetry:

With that deception sick and spent
I wept alone, but now I see
She was, though wide her footsteps went,
Faithful to love if not to me.
"The Fairy's Child" by Edward Shanks
O June! forgive the long delay,
My heart's deceptive dream is o'er—
Where I believe I will adore,
Nor worship June, yet kneel to May.
"To June. Written After An Ungenial May" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Words left half-spoken, self-deception,
Promises, shadows-all are vain,
And only faith in resurrection
Can give the semblance of a sign.
"In Memory of Marina Tsvetaeva" by Boris Pasternak
ASTOLFO. Ah, Rosaura thou mayst feign,
But the soul bears no deception,
And though seeing thee as Astrea,
As Rosaura it must serve thee.
"Life Is A Dream - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
When thou art dress'd, then go to pray,
Without deception, or delay,
And fall upon thy knees in haste,
Ere thou a bit, or drop, dost taste.
"Mr. Prichard's Advice To His Son Samuel" by Rees Prichard
Hasten to win,
That on the billows play
With sweet deceptive ray,
Where in glad choral song
Shout the exulting throng;
Where on the verdant plain
"From Faust - IV. Chorus Of Spirits" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Practiced Deception William Bundy's study of Nixon's foreign policy finds a shrewd manipulator rather than a statesman.
Since its debut in 1992, the Birmingham, England, collective Pram has made music that's so deceptively simple it sounds like it was written on a toy piano -- by children on huge doses of Ritalin.
Document shows White House was 'deceptive'.
His humble nature makes it all look deceptively simple onstage.
Last week, jurors in an Arkansas state court determined that Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary engaged in false or deceptive acts when it sent letters to 6,000 doctors saying its drug Risperdal was safer than competing drugs.
Imagine smoke rings seen edge-on and you may gain some insight to what's going on with the deceptive Red Rectangle , which isn't a rectangle at all.
A Deception, and a Reluctance to Ask Questions.
The FTC has approved a final order settling charges that a PR firm engaged in deceptive advertising by posted reviews in the iTunes store.
Windber roofer receives prison term for theft by deception.
Jason Lee Diirner, a Windber roofer , is escorted by state police to his preliminary hearing nearly a year ago for theft by deception charges.
The Theory of Self-Deception .
Below, the first of three parts on the ubiquitous nature of self-deception in daily life.
09) offers a deceptively simple mix-a meditative, semi-traditional small ensemble album built around the acoustic piano.
The Dalai Lama's 'Deception': Why a Seventeenth -Century Decree Matters to Beijing.
A free man named Massavana… enslaved through deception… and determined to return to his home any way he can, seizes a notorious Dutch slave ship .

In science:

Theory anticipates, however that the expansion becomes deceptive with increase of the experimental cuts.
On Extracting Heavy Quark Parameters from Moments with Cuts
The Einstein equations Gµν = 8πTµν are elegant and deceptively simple, showing geometry (in the form of the Einstein tensor Gµν , which is a function of spacetime curvature) being generated by matter (in the form of the material stress-energy tensor Tµν ).
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
Well, perhaps here begins the history of PACS 03.65ud (ud = ugly deceptive?).
On the Paradoxical Book of Bell
Next we show that the geometric symmetry of the kernel polytope is still deceptive, if d = 5 or d ≥ 7. 16 THEOREM.
A special simplex in the state space for entangled qudits
However, the t-test may be deceptively simple since the hypotheses in question are one-dimensional.
Efficient three-stage $t$-tests
The root of the misjudgment made in seems to be the rather deceptive nature of the notation hh·| that hides the restriction imposed by unitarity on the metric operator in Eq. (18) of .
Comment on ``Time-dependent quasi-Hermitian Hamiltonians and the unitary quantum evolution''
The bending energy of a surface is deceptively simple; modulo a topological energy there is a single quadratic in curvature associated with a surface [12, 13].
How paper folds: bending with local constraints
Large-scale testing problems certainly look complicated enough, but this is deceptive; their massively parallel structure, with thousands of similar situations each providing information, allows an appropriate prior distribution to be estimated from the data without upsetting even timid frequentists like myself.
Microarrays, Empirical Bayes and the Two-Groups Model
In this work, we present a general framework (see Section 2) for estimating the prevalence of deception in online review communities.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
Given a classifier that distinguishes truthful from deceptive reviews (like that described above), and inspired by studies of disease prevalence [9, 10], we propose a generative model of deception (see Section 3) that jointly models the classifier’s uncertainty as well as the groundtruth deceptiveness of each review.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
In this section, we propose a framework to estimate the prevalence, or rate, of deception among reviews in six online review communities.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
Deception Classifier (Section 4.1): Using the labeled training reviews, Dtrain , learn a supervised deception classifier, f : R|V | → {0, 1}.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
Implications for Psychological Research The current research also represents a novel approach to a long-standing and ongoing debate around deception prevalence in the psychological literature.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
At the end of seven days participants told approximately one to two lies per day, with more recent studies replicating this general finding , suggesting that deception is frequent in human communication.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
While they found the same average deception rate as previous research (approximately 1.65 lies per day), they discovered that the data was heavily skewed, with 60 percent of the participants reporting no lies at all.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities