Definition of delude in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈlo͞od/


[with object]
Impose a misleading belief upon (someone); deceive; fool: too many theorists have deluded the public (as adjective deluded) the poor deluded creature
More example sentences
  • I'm always amazed that otherwise intelligent people are deluded into believing its truth.
  • In many ways it is even deluding people to believe in something that is not the case.
  • 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, gull, lead on
informal con, pull the wool over someone's eyes, lead up the garden path, take for a ride, sucker, snooker



Example sentences
  • They are condemned, and they deludedly believe that they are commanded, to spread the contagion and to visit hell upon the unrighteous.
  • And having read the deludedly self-important and crass drivel which prompted it, I thought I'd add my voice to the others who agree with you.
  • Maybe a small part of me did blame her for the divorce, had deludedly believed that Dad would come back.


Example sentences
  • Yet when Tartuffe is scuppered by his all-too-real lust for Elmire, we see the deluder deluded.
  • Twain discovered that pointing out just how ludicrous are the affectations of the fakers - both the deluders and the self-deluded - can often show just how empty are their claims.
  • The General Court called for every town to establish a grammar school in order to thwart ‘one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from knowledge of Scriptures…’


Late Middle English: from Latin deludere 'to mock', from de- (with pejorative force) + ludere 'to play'.

  • This is from Latin deludere ‘to mock’, from de- (here with pejorative force) and ludere ‘to play’.

Words that rhyme with delude

allude, brood, collude, conclude, crude, dude, elude, étude, exclude, extrude, exude, feud, food, illude, include, intrude, Jude, lewd, mood, nude, obtrude, occlude, Oudh, preclude, protrude, prude, pseud, pultrude, rood, rude, seclude, shrewd, snood, transude, unglued, unsubdued, who'd, you'd

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Syllabification: de·lude

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