What does deception mean?

Definitions for deception
dɪˈsɛp ʃənde·cep·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misrepresentation, deceit, deception(noun)

    a misleading falsehood

  2. deception, deceit, dissembling, dissimulation(noun)

    the act of deceiving

  3. magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deception(noun)

    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers


  1. deception(Noun)

    An instance of actions and/or schemes fabricated to mislead and/or delude someone into errantly believing a lie or inaccuracy.

    Etymology: Past participle of decipere "deceive"; gerund form of to deceive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deception(noun)

    the act of deceiving or misleading

  2. Deception(noun)

    the state of being deceived or misled

  3. Deception(noun)

    that which deceives or is intended to deceive; false representation; artifice; cheat; fraud


  1. Deception

    Deception, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification and subterfuge are acts to propagate beliefs that are not true, or not the whole truth. Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda, and sleight of hand, as well as distraction, camouflage, or concealment. There is also self-deception, as in bad faith. Deception is a major relational transgression that often leads to feelings of betrayal and distrust between relational partners. Deception violates relational rules and is considered to be a negative violation of expectations. Most people expect friends, relational partners, and even strangers to be truthful most of the time. If people expected most conversations to be untruthful, talking and communicating with others would require distraction and misdirection to acquire reliable information. A significant amount of deception occurs between romantic and relational partners.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deception

    de-sep′shun, n. act of deceiving: the means by which it is sought to deceive.—n. Deceptibil′ity.—adjs. Decept′ible, capable of being deceived; Decep′tious (Shak.), deceitful; Decep′tive, tending to deceive: misleading.—adv. Decep′tively.—n. Decep′tiveness.—adj. Decep′tory, tending to deceive. [O. Fr.,—Low L. deceptio, -nisdecipĕre, to deceive.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Deception

    The act of deceiving or the fact (or condition) of being deceived.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. deception

    Those measures designed to mislead the enemy by manipulation, distortion, or falsification of evidence to induce the enemy to react in a manner prejudicial to the enemy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deception in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deception in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of deception in a Sentence

  1. Brent Wisner:

    Monsanto keeps denying that it causes cancer and these two fine people here are casualties of that deception.

  2. R.J. Intindola:

    When our hearts are empty even deception can fill them.

  3. Saadi Shirazi:

    Purpose without power is mere weakness and deception; and power without purpose is mere fatuity.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    When I was growing up in a small village in India, the fairy-tales and children's stories led me to believe that villains and bad guys look like monsters, and they are really very rude and crude in their behavior. The movies during my generation also strengthened that perseption. As I grew up and travelled around the world, I soon realized the reality that the bad guys and villains are often good looking, well-behaved, silky smooth, sharp and smart...often too smart to gain your complete confidence before their brutal betrayal and them deceitfully back-stabbing you when you least expect it. We all discover this harsh reality hard way, after getting entangled at least once in their tantalizing tangled web of deception, that appearances can often be deceptive, and too good to be true - always! And yet, not all the times but only occasionally, the dreamer and optimist inside us likes to believe those fairy-tales and the happy-ending movies from childhood....

  5. Daniel Ives:

    We view this (deception technologies) as a $3 billion market over the next three years, with Israel and Silicon Valley being the epicenter of this innovation wave.

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