- Date: 13th century
- transitive verb
1 archaic : ensnare 2 a obsolete : to be false to
- b archaic : to fail to fulfill
3 obsolete : cheat 4 : to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid 5 archaic : to while away
Deception, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, and subterfuge are acts to propagate beliefs that are not true, or not the whole truth (as in half-truths or omission). Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda, sleight of hand. It can employ distraction, camouflage or concealment. There is also self-deception.