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[dih-sep-shuh n] /dɪˈsɛp ʃən/

the act of ; the state of being .
something that or is intended to ; 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).


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