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deception

Line breaks: de¦cep|tion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈsɛpʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of deception in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The action of deceiving someone: obtaining property by deception
More example sentences
  • A person who obtains property under such circumstances will be obtaining property by deception.
  • He was arrested on suspicion of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception and damaging police property.
  • Hurtling along at breakneck speed, this smash hit comedy of marital deception guarantees a great night out.
1.1 [count noun] A thing that deceives: a range of elaborate deceptions
More example sentences
  • So there have been allegations of dirty tricks, deceptions and double dealing.
  • While several of these often elaborate deceptions will be treated separately elsewhere in this book it seems convenient to summarize them here.
  • 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.
Synonyms
North American informal monkeyshines
Irish informal codology
archaic management, knavery
informal con, con trick, set-up, game, scam, sting, gyp, leg-pull, flimflam
British informal wheeze
North American informal bunco, grift
Australian informal lurk, rort
South African informal schlenter
British informal , dated flanker
archaic shift, fetch, rig

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin deceptio(n-), from decipere 'deceive'.

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