deceive

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Middle English deceyven, from Old French deceivre (Modern French décevoir), from Latin decipere (to deceive, beguile, entrap), from de- (from) + capere (to seize); see captive. Compare conceive, perceive, receive.

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deceive (third-person singular simple present deceives, present participle deceiving, simple past and past participle deceived)

  1. To trick or mislead.
    • 2012 April 26, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits :”, The Onion AV Club:
      Hungry for fame and the approval of rare-animal collector Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton), Darwin deceives the Captain and his crew into believing they can get enough booty to win the pirate competition by entering Polly in a science fair. So the pirates journey to London in cheerful, blinkered defiance of the Queen, a hotheaded schemer whose royal crest reads simply “I hate pirates.”

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