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deception Syllabification: de·cep·tion
Pronunciation: /dəˈsepSH(ə)n/

Definition of deception in English:


1The action of deceiving someone: obtaining property by deception
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  • 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.
1.1A thing that deceives: a range of elaborate deceptions
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  • 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.
informal crookedness, monkey business, monkeyshines
trick, deceit, sham, fraud, pretense, hoax, fake, blind, artifice;
cheat, swindle
informal con, setup, scam, flimflam, bunco


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

Words that rhyme with deception

conception, contraception, exception, inception, interception, misconception, perception, reception
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