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Synonyms of 'deceive'

(verb) 
Definition
to mislead by lying
He has deceived and disillusioned us all.
Synonyms
take in
,
trick
He'll be upset when he finds out how you tricked him.
,
fool (informal)
Art dealers fool a lot of people.
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cheat
He cheated an old woman out of her life savings.
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con (informal)
She claimed that a fraudster had conned her out of her life savings.
The British motorist has been conned by the government.
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kid (informal)
Are you sure you're not kidding me?
I'm just kidding.
,
stiff (slang)
,
sting (informal)
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mislead
Ministers knowingly misled the public.
, ,
lead (someone) on (informal)
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hoax
He recently hoaxed a number of celebrities.
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dupe
Some of the offenders duped the psychologists.
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beguile
He used his newspapers to beguile his readers.
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delude
We delude ourselves that we are in control.
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swindle
He swindled investors out of millions of pounds.
, , ,
bamboozle (informal)
He was bamboozled by conmen.
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hoodwink
Many people are hoodwinked by the so-called beauty industry.
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double-cross (informal)
They were frightened of being double-crossed.
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take for a ride (informal)
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pull a fast one on (slang)
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scam (slang)
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pull the wool over (someone's) eyes

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bamboozle
Definition
to cheat
He was bamboozled by conmen.
Synonyms
do (informal),
kid (informal),
skin (slang),
take in (informal),
con (informal),
sting (informal),
rip off (slang),
gull (archaic),
stitch up (slang),
double-cross (informal),
diddle (informal),
take for a ride (informal),
do the dirty on (British, informal),
pull a fast one on (informal),
in the sense of beguile
Definition
to charm (someone) into doing something he or she would not normally do
He used his newspapers to beguile his readers.
Synonyms
take in,
con (informal),
impose on,
gull (archaic),
take for a ride (informal),
in the sense of cheat
Definition
to defraud
He cheated an old woman out of her life savings.
Synonyms
skin (slang),
take in (informal),
con (informal),
stiff (slang),
sting (informal),
rip off (slang),
gull (archaic),
do (informal),
stitch up (slang),
bamboozle (informal),
double-cross (informal),
diddle (informal),
take for a ride (informal),
pull a fast one on (informal),
screw (informal),
finagle (informal),
scam (slang)

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