What does deception mean?

Definitions for deceptiondɪˈsɛp ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word deception.

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.

  2. Origin: 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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sun-Tzu:

    War is based on deception.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Such deception and such lying.

  3. Saul Bellow:

    The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.

  4. Oscar Wilde:

    The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    There is direct evidence, I think, of deception and that’s where we begin the investigation.

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