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de·lude / diˈloōd/ • v. [tr.] impose a misleading belief upon (someone); deceive; fool: too many theorists have deluded the public | [as adj.] (deluded) the poor deluded creature. DERIVATIVES: de·lud·ed·ly adv. de·lud·er n.

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delude XV. — L. dēlūdere play false, mock, f. DE- 4 + lūdere play, f. lūdus play, game.
So delusion XV. — late L. delusive XVII, delusory XV. f. dēlūs-, pp. stem of the vb.

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