1. The use of deceit.
2. The fact or state of being deceived.
3. A ruse; a trick.
[Middle English decepcioun, from Old French deception, from Late Latin dēceptiō, dēceptiōn-, from Latin dēceptus, past participle of dēcipere, to deceive; see DECEIVE.]
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