delude

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Delude \De*lude"\, verb (used with an object) [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 impose on; to dupe; to make a fool of.

To delude the nation by an airy phantom. --Burke.

2. To frustrate or disappoint.

It deludes thy search. --Dryden.

Syn: To mislead; deceive; beguile; cajole; cheat; dupe. See {Deceive}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

delude

verb

1: be false to; be dishonest with [syn: {deceive}, {lead on}, {delude}, {cozen}]


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