Definition of delude in US English:



[with object]
  • Impose a misleading belief upon (someone); deceive; fool.

    ‘too many theorists have deluded the public’
    • ‘I'm always amazed that otherwise intelligent people are deluded into believing its truth.’
    • ‘This can delude people who want their leaders to improve their economic conditions.’
    • ‘But I never let my personal loyalties delude me into thinking that the determination of winners is anything but arbitrary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But yours is the soul of a poet: surely you are not deluded by this triumphalist charade?’
    • ‘Is anybody interested in what these young, deluded fools have got to say?’
    • ‘I found it strange that for such a great news site you obviously have so many deluded readers!’
    • ‘I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.’
    • ‘It's all about sound bites, deluding the people, pandering to the lowest common denominator.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘She's vaguely deluded, thinking the viewers see her as funny and cute.’
    • ‘You could watch this and think that he was deluded, and thought he really was taking out a bad guy.’
    • ‘It was tempting to delude people that we had received more cards than we actually did.’
    • ‘Modern medicine has a way of preserving life and deluding us into thinking that we're not going to die.’
    • ‘That businesses spend vast sums to delude consumers, not inform them, is too obvious to merit comment.’
    • ‘You are seriously deluded if you think principle and vision win elections.’
    • ‘If you think that is what is required to build a successful democracy then you're too deluded.’
    • ‘In many ways it is even deluding people to believe in something that is not the case.’
    • ‘This is a classic case of hype deluding viewers.’
    • ‘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.’
    mislead, deceive, fool, take in, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull, beguile, lead on
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Late Middle English: from Latin deludere ‘to mock’, from de- (with pejorative force) + ludere ‘to play’.