• WordNet 3.6
    • v delude be false to; be dishonest with
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Delude To frustrate or disappoint. "It deludes thy search."
    • Delude 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. "To delude the nation by an airy phantom."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • delude To deceive; impose upon; mislead the mind or judgment of; beguile; cheat.
    • delude To frustrate or disappoint; elude; evade.
    • delude Synonyms Mislead, Delude (see mislead); to cozen, dupe, lead astray.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Delude de-lūd′ to play or impose upon: to deceive
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  • Mary Caroline Richards
    “Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.”
  • James Baldwin
    “Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.”
  • Gerald F. Lieberman
    Gerald F. Lieberman
    “Elections are held to delude the populace into believing that they are participating in government.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deludere, delusum,; de-, + ludere, to play, make sport of, mock. See Ludicrous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deludĕre, to play—de, down, ludĕre, lusum, to play.


In literature:

The lover, the poet, the mystic, and all who would drink of the first fountain, I delude with my mirage.
"Imaginations and Reveries" by (A.E.) George William Russell
Then the scales fell from his eyes and he saw himself as he was, a self-deluded man and a cheat.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
He deluded himself for a little by political ambitions.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
The Powers play tricks on tricksters, and delude the arrogant, particularly those who alone believe they possess truth and knowledge!
"The Road to Damascus" by August Strindberg
To triumph over Aurelian is, I believe, the vision that dazzles, deludes, and will destroy her.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
I fancy his lordship will be now completely deluded, and that you need have no further fear of his finding you.
"Jennie Baxter, Journalist" by Robert Barr
She understood not his high-wrought scruples, his self-deluding belief.
"Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Well, supposing we admit that I'm a man carried away by an idea, as you think, and that I am deluding myself.
"Redemption and Two Other Plays" by Leo Tolstoy
We are deluded and made fools in the hands of the Wicked One.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327" by Various
Can your intellect be deluded by such barefaced sophistries?
"Yeast: A Problem" by Charles Kingsley

In poetry:

Deluded Youth! that quits these verdant plains,
To catch the follies of an alien soil!
To win the vice his genuine soul disdains,
Return exultant, and import the spoil!
"Elegy XIV. Declining an Invitation To Visit Foreign Countries" by William Shenstone
Ah! so she tastes the sorrows I impart,
Smiles at the sound, but never feels my pain;
And many a glance deludes my captive heart
To sigh in numbers, tho' I sigh in vain!
"Lines Written On Delia, Listening To Her Canary-Bird" by Sir John Carr
Allured to southern climes—oh, ill-starred pair!—
By hope's deluding meretricious glare—
An ignis fatuus, dazzling to betray,
Ye followed, fell, and perished in the way!
"The Fate of Maximilian of Mexico And His Empress" by Janet Hamilton
As late my eager feet thy steps pursu'd,
Thro' scenes created by thy magic pow'r,
Where each bright object smil'd but to delude,
And poison lurk'd in ev'ry fragrant flow'r,—
"To Imagination" by Maria Logan
Careless wanderer, ne'er forget
All the dangers threatening o'er;
Do hope's dreams delude thee yet?
Soon they shall delude no more:
Hope is faithless, tired and breathless;
Oft 'tis wreck'd on sorrow's shore.
"Autumn: Friday Evening" by John Bowring
Ah ! Madam, since my SHARPER is untrue,
I joyless make my once ador'd alpieu.
I saw him stand behind OMBRELIA's Chair,
And whisper with that soft deluding air,
And those feign'd sighs that cheat the list'ng fair —
"Thursday, the Bassette-Table" by Mary Wortley Montagu

In news:

If I were in the mood to delude myself and others, I could even make the case that Storch is in fact illuminating the inner emptiness of the bourgeoisie .
Come April 1, we delude ourselves into thinking we actually can get out and start the golf season.
Deluded CDI employees owed $600,000.
DeLude , age 72 of Motley, formerly of Montrose, died Wednesday, June 10 at the Lakewood Health System Care Center.
"Oh, you poor deluded leftists," sighs author Neal Pollack while gazing out at the audience gathered before him at the recent Miami Book Fair International.
Donâ €™t delude yourself.
You reached a new level of self-deluding logic with Monday's editorial "Too many neighborhoods run by fear".
Cheney has a somewhat deluded sense of recent history.
In June 1978, some twenty-two thousand people sat or stood in the rain at Harvard's commencement ceremonies to listen to a keynote speaker denounce them as lacking in courage, morally adrift, and self-deluded.
Could deluding ourselves be the best way to beat the summer heat.
We delude ourselves about the way we use technology.
The sad, deluded life of an eco-terrorist.
In June, a diffident and self-deluded President Obama claimed that "the private sector is doing fine".
I have made a consistent effort to avoid judging people, or falling victim to superficial comparisons, but I would either be guilty of prevarication or just plain deluded if I claimed that I am not subject to prejudices of my own.
Lawyers for the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller began their defense in his kidnapping trial Wednesday with the testimony of a forensic psychologist who said he is "completely deluded" and not responsible for his actions.

In science:

Or science would also be an illusion: we could live in a world ruled by some laws, but be determined (programmed, as in the film Matrix) to perform those experiments that delude us to believe in totally different laws.
Is realism compatible with true randomness ?
And the “Mars face” looks rather different in images taken at different angles and resolutions (Neukum 2006), though the most easily deluded author still sees the bits of terrain that made up the nostrils, eyebrows, lips, and chin.
Astrophysics in 2006