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- deceave (obsolete)
From Middle English deceyven, desayven, dissayven, from Old French decever, decevoir, from Latin dēcipiō (“to deceive; beguile; entrap”), from de- (“from”) + capere (“to seize”); see captive. Compare conceive, perceive, receive.
- To trick or mislead.
2012 April 26, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits :”, in 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.”
- See also Wikisaurus:deceive
trick or mislead