Definition of delude in English:

delude

verb

[with object]
  • Make (someone) believe something that is not true.

    ‘too many theorists have deluded the public’
    • ‘I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.’
    • ‘She's vaguely deluded, thinking the viewers see her as funny and cute.’
    • ‘Those who tried to delude the people into believing that this was the last war were either fools or knaves, and he inclined to think that there were more knaves than fools.’
    • ‘But yours is the soul of a poet: surely you are not deluded by this triumphalist charade?’
    • ‘That businesses spend vast sums to delude consumers, not inform them, is too obvious to merit comment.’
    • ‘It's all about sound bites, deluding the people, pandering to the lowest common denominator.’
    • ‘This can delude people who want their leaders to improve their economic conditions.’
    • ‘In many ways it is even deluding people to believe in something that is not the case.’
    • ‘You are seriously deluded if you think principle and vision win elections.’
    • ‘I let her go without deluding her; it seemed to be the kindest thing to do, to let her continue to believe that I too had found someone else.’
    • ‘This is a classic case of hype deluding viewers.’
    • ‘Is anybody interested in what these young, deluded fools have got to say?’
    • ‘If you think that is what is required to build a successful democracy then you're too deluded.’
    • ‘It was tempting to delude people that we had received more cards than we actually did.’
    • ‘I found it strange that for such a great news site you obviously have so many deluded readers!’
    • ‘But I never let my personal loyalties delude me into thinking that the determination of winners is anything but arbitrary.’
    • ‘The current system also deludes workers into saving less than they need to by providing the entirely false illusion that they are earning benefits with their ‘contributions’.’
    • ‘Modern medicine has a way of preserving life and deluding us into thinking that we're not going to die.’
    • ‘I'm always amazed that otherwise intelligent people are deluded into believing its truth.’
    • ‘You could watch this and think that he was deluded, and thought he really was taking out a bad guy.’
    mislead, deceive, fool, take in, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull, beguile, lead on
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin deludere ‘to mock’, from de- (with pejorative force) + ludere ‘to play’.

Pronunciation

delude

/dɪˈl(j)uːd/