1. [syn: deceive, lead on, delude, cozen]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Delude \De*lude"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluded; p. pr. & vb.
n. Deluding.] [L. deludere, delusum; de- + ludere to play,
make sport of, mock. See Ludicrous.]
1. To lead from truth or into error; to mislead the mind or
judgment of; to beguile; to impose on; to dupe; to make a
To delude the nation by an airy phantom. --Burke.
2. To frustrate or disappoint.
It deludes thy search. --Dryden.
Syn: To mislead; deceive; beguile; cajole; cheat; dupe. See
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: be false to; be dishonest with [syn: deceive, lead on,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "delude":
bamboozle, beguile, betray, bluff, cajole, cheat on, circumvent,
conjure, deceive, diddle, double-cross, dupe, forestall, gammon,
get around, gull, hoax, hocus-pocus, hornswaggle, humbug, juggle,
let down, mock, outmaneuver, outreach, outsmart, outwit, overreach,
pigeon, play one false, put something over, snow, string along,
take in, trick, two-time