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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: Late Latin deceptio, from Latin decipere; DECEIVE

deception

noun
     
de‧cep‧tion [uncountable and countable]
the act of deliberately making someone believe something that is not true [↪ deceive]:
She didn't have the courage to admit to her deception.
He was convicted of obtaining money by deception.

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