Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of DECEPTION

Pronunciation:  di'sepshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
  2. [n]  the act of deceiving
  3. [n]  a misleading falsehood

DECEPTION is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: conjuration, conjuring trick, deceit, deceit, dissembling, dissimulation, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, misrepresentation, trick
 See Also: blind, bluff, card trick, cheat, cheating, chicanery, delusion, dissembling, double-dealing, duplicity, duplicity, equivocation, evasion, exaggeration, facade, fakery, false statement, falsehood, falsification, falsity, feigning, feigning, four flush, fraudulence, guile, half-truth, hanky panky, head game, hocus-pocus, impersonation, imposture, indirection, jiggery-pokery, magnification, misrepresentaation, obscurantism, overstatement, performance, prestidigitation, pretence, pretence, pretending, pretense, pretense, shenanigan, simulation, skulduggery, skullduggery, sleight of hand, slickness, snow job, subterfuge, trickery, trickery, untruth, wile, window dressing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*cep"tion\, n. [F. d['e]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.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acting, affectation, airy nothing, appearance, artifice, attitudinizing, autism, befooling, bluff, bluffing, bubble, burial, burying, casuistry, cheat, cheating, chicane, chicanery, chimera, clouding, color, coloring, concealedness, concealment, covering, covering up, covertness, cunning, darkening, daydream, deceit, deceptiveness, defrauding, deluded belief, delusion, dereism, dirt, disguise, dishonesty, dissemblance, dissembling, dissimulation, double-dealing, dream, dream vision, dreamland, dreamworld, dupery, duping, duplicity, equivocation, facade, face, fake, fakement, fakery, faking, false air, false belief, false front, false show, falsity, feigning, feint, flam, four-flushing, fraud, front, gilt, gloss, guile, gulling, gyp, hallucination, hanky-panky, hiddenness, hiding, hoax, hoodwinking, humbug, humbuggery, hypocrisy, ignis fatuus, illusion, impose, imposture, indirection, interment, intrigue, invisibility, knavery, manipulation, masking, masquerade, meretriciousness, mirage, misbelief, misconception, mystification, obscuration, obscurement, occultation, ostentation, outward show, overreaching, pipe dream, playacting, pose, posing, posture, pretense, pretension, pretext, putting away, representation, ride, rip-off, ruse, screening, secrecy, secretion, seeming, self-deceit, self-deception, self-delusion, sell, semblance, sham, sharp practice, show, simulacrum, simulation, snow job, sophism, sophistry, speciousness, spoof, spuriousness, stratagem, subterfuge, tergiversation, treachery, trick, trickery, trip, uncommunicativeness, vapor, varnish, wile, window dressing, wrong impression