- To delude is defined as to trick someone or to cause someone to believe something that is untrue.
When you convince someone that a lie you tell is true, this is an example of a situation where you delude him into believing your lie.
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transitive verb de·lud·ed, de·lud·ing, de·ludes
- To deceive the mind or judgment of: fraudulent ads that delude consumers into sending in money. See Synonyms at deceive.
- Obsolete To elude or evade.
- Obsolete To frustrate the hopes or plans of.
Origin: Middle English deluden, from Latin dēlūdere : dē-, de- + lūdere, to play; see leid- in Indo-European roots.
- de·ludˈer noun
- de·ludˈing·ly adverb