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Definition of "delude" [de•lude]

  • To deceive the mind or judgment of: fraudulent ads that delude consumers into sending in money. See Synonyms at deceive. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To elude or evade. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To frustrate the hopes or plans of. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "delude" in a sentence
  • "African Union summit, Mugabe said opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai should not "delude" himself into thinking the result of the June 27 poll could be expunged from the record books and should renounce his claims to the presidency."
  • "And we should remember that Satan has his wonders, which, though they are juggling tricks rather than real miracles, are such as delude the ignorant and inexperienced."
  • "“Don't delude yourself, Ellen,” he whispered to me once, as we stood in the doorway of her darkened room."