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Delude


DELUDE, verb transitive

1. To deceive; to impose on; to lead from truth or into error; to mislead the mind or judgement; to beguile. Cheat is generally applied to deception in bargains; delude to deception in opinion. An artful man deludes his followers. We are often deluded by false appearances.

2. To frustrate or disappoint.