Definition of deception in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of deceiving someone.

    ‘obtaining property by deception’
    • ‘At the hearing it emerged that he had convictions for deception and theft dating back more than 30 years.’
    • ‘She admitted deception and agreed to pay the money straight away.’
    • ‘How easily the untruths flow when one embarks upon a path of deception, she thought, ashamed of herself.’
    • ‘He was arrested on suspicion of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception and damaging police property.’
    • ‘After all, deception only works when the would-be deceiver has a reputation for telling the truth.’
    • ‘He also strongly condemned the role of the mass media in this mass deception.’
    • ‘There's a difference between managing perceptions and practicing outright deception.’
    • ‘She was jailed for three years and nine months for 15 counts of deception but was acquitted of attempted murder.’
    • ‘Language is frequently manipulated for the purpose of deception.’
    • ‘What has happened to the elements of darkness, deception and fear that used to be a part of the fairytale world?’
    • ‘In other words, you don't need to be a government insider to detect official deception and hypocrisy.’
    • ‘You can scarcely believe one politician capable of such deception.’
    • ‘The trial jury unanimously cleared him of charges of larceny and trying to obtain money by deception.’
    • ‘Without vigorous fact-checking by the press, political deception is all too easy.’
    • ‘The easiest people to deceive are those who think that they are immune to deception.’
    • ‘He pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and attempting to obtain a money transfer by deception.’
    • ‘Even so, he has continued his policy of deception and prevarication.’
    • ‘Hurtling along at breakneck speed, this smash hit comedy of marital deception guarantees a great night out.’
    • ‘The purpose of this deliberate deception is easy to see.’
    • ‘A person who obtains property under such circumstances will be obtaining property by deception.’
    1. 1.1count noun A thing that deceives.
      ‘a range of elaborate deceptions’
      • ‘While several of these often elaborate deceptions will be treated separately elsewhere in this book it seems convenient to summarize them here.’
      • ‘Gradually, as it dwells on the buildings, the railway track, the bridge, the river, and the figures that populate the four panels, the eye recognises the anomalies and deceptions built into the painting.’
      • ‘This is about a group of friends and their romantic hang-ups, their lives, loves and deceptions, triumphs and tragedies that climax to surprising finale.’
      • ‘The deceptions continued, rapidly escalating in severity, until last fall, when he hired a lawyer and called up the U.S. Attorney's office to confess.’
      • ‘After hearing how it was just one of a series of deceptions by the 24-year-old, including cheating a former employer, he remanded him to Hull Prison for four days.’
      • ‘Hence, what sets the movie apart from other tales of adultery is the way in which it concentrates on the reactions to the deceptions, rather than the discovery of the deceit itself.’
      • ‘This knowledge is also useful for managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions.’
      • ‘If the leading newspapers lose their capacity to report and conduct inquiries, the public will become even more susceptible to the manipulations and deceptions of those in power.’
      • ‘So there have been allegations of dirty tricks, deceptions and double dealing.’
      • ‘Then prosecution barristers revealed he had already served almost four years in jail for nearly 80 deceptions and other offences in Preston, Mold and Liverpool.’
      • ‘Not only is it an irritating waste of time, bandwidth and money, but it's also the cornerstone of many scams and deceptions.’
      • ‘Will they eventually confront their dates with the truth, or continue to lead deceitful lives based on hateful deceptions?’
      • ‘All artifice, all human pretensions and deceptions are stripped away, to the extent that the reader has to fight the urge not to avert their eyes, so intimate is what is left.’
      • ‘The subject of fakes, forgeries and deceptions is intriguing enough by itself to pique the curiosity of those who have only a passing interest in the world of art and antiques.’
      • ‘Most people aren't expecting to be deceived, so they may not be aware of deceptions that others might engage in.’
      • ‘His wife Nicola, 29, was cleared of any part in the deceptions in a trial in March’
      • ‘The deceptions within deceptions made my head whirl.’
      • ‘The offences took place a couple of years after she escaped being jailed for mortgage fraud and other deceptions.’
      • ‘Constanze, Wolfgang's compliant wife, was a willing accomplice to a long series of deceptions, as long as the money rolled in, which often it did rather reluctantly.’
      • ‘The salesmen have been telling producers many half-truths and some outright deceptions.’
      deceit, deceitfulness, duplicity, double-dealing, fraud, fraudulence, cheating, trickery, duping, hoodwinking, chicanery, underhandedness, deviousness, slyness, cunning, craft, craftiness, wiliness, artfulness, guile, dissimulation, dissembling, bluff, bluffing, lying, pretence, artifice, treachery
      trick, stratagem, device, ruse, scheme, dodge, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, subterfuge, cheat, swindle, confidence trick
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Late Middle English: from late Latin deceptio(n-), from decipere ‘deceive’.