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See also: déceptive
- Likely or attempting to deceive.
- Synonyms: misleading; see also Thesaurus:deceptive
- deceptive practices
- Appearances can be deceptive.
- 1653, John Bulwer, Anthropometamorphosis, London: William Hunt, Scene 24, page 521:
- […] others declare that no Creature can be made or transmuted into a better or worse, or transformed into another species […] and Martinus Delrio the Jesuit accounts this degeneration of Man into a Beast to be an illusion, deceptive and repugnant to Nature;
- 1846, Richard Chenevix Trench, Notes on the Miracles of Our Lord, London: John W. Parker, 2nd ed., 1847, Preliminary Essay, Chapter 2, p. 10,
- language altogether deceptive, and hiding the deeper reality from our eyes
- 1978, Susan Sontag, chapter 2, in Illness as Metaphor, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, page 13:
misleading, attempting to deceive