deceiver


deceiver

verb (used with object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.

  1. to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude: They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
  2. to be unfaithful to (one’s spouse or lover).
  3. Archaic. to while away (time).

verb (used without object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.

  1. to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.

verb (tr)

  1. to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
  2. to delude (oneself)
  3. to be unfaithful to (one’s sexual partner)
  4. archaic to disappointhis hopes were deceived
v.

c.1300, from Old French decevoir (12c., Modern French décevoir) “to deceive,” from Latin decipere “to ensnare, take in, beguile, cheat,” from de- “from” or pejorative + capere “to take” (see capable). Related: Deceived; deceiver; deceiving.

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