- the act of deceiving; the state of being deceived.
- something that deceives or is intended to deceive; fraud; artifice.
- the act of deceiving or the state of being deceived
- something that deceives; trick
early 15c., from Middle French déception (13c., decepcion) or directly from Late Latin deceptionem (nominative deceptio) “a deceiving,” from Latin decept-, past participle stem of decipere (see deceive).