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English Dictionary: deception by the DICT Development Group
2 results for deception
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a misleading falsehood [syn: misrepresentation, deceit, deception]
  2. the act of deceiving
    Synonym(s): deception, deceit, dissembling, dissimulation
  3. an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
    Synonym(s): magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deception
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Deception \De*cep"tion\, n. [F. d[82]ception, L. deceptio, fr.
      decipere, deceptum. See {Deceive}.]
      1. The act of deceiving or misleading. --South.
      2. The state of being deceived or misled.
                     There is one thing relating either to the action or
                     enjoyments of man in which he is not liable to
                     deception.                                          --South.
      3. That which deceives or is intended to deceive; false
            representation; artifice; cheat; fraud.
                     There was of course room for vast deception.
      Syn: {Deception}, {Deceit}, {Fraud}, {Imposition}.
      Usage: Deception usually refers to the act, and deceit to the
                  habit of the mind; hence we speak of a person as
                  skilled in deception and addicted to deceit. The
                  practice of deceit springs altogether from design, and
                  that of the worst kind; but a deception does not
                  always imply aim and intention. It may be undesigned
                  or accidental. An imposition is an act of deception
                  practiced upon some one to his annoyance or injury; a
                  fraud implies the use of stratagem, with a view to
                  some unlawful gain or advantage.
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