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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.



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 :”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      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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