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 for Deception
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deception \De*cep"tion\, n. [F. d['e]ception, L. deceptio, fr.
     decipere, deceptum. See Deceive.]
     1. The act of deceiving or misleading. --South.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The state of being deceived or misled.
        [1913 Webster]
              There is one thing relating either to the action or
              enjoyments of man in which he is not liable to
              deception.                            --South.
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     3. That which deceives or is intended to deceive; false
        representation; artifice; cheat; fraud.
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              There was of course room for vast deception.
     Syn: Deception, Deceit, Fraud, Imposition.
     Usage: Deception usually refers to the act, and deceit to the
            habit of the mind; hence we speak of a person as
            skilled in deception and addicted to deceit. The
            practice of deceit springs altogether from design, and
            that of the worst kind; but a deception does not
            always imply aim and intention. It may be undesigned
            or accidental. An imposition is an act of deception
            practiced upon some one to his annoyance or injury; a
            fraud implies the use of stratagem, with a view to
            some unlawful gain or advantage.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a misleading falsehood [syn: misrepresentation, deceit,
      2: the act of deceiving [syn: deception, deceit,
         dissembling, dissimulation]
      3: an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers [syn:
         magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic,
         legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  151 Moby Thesaurus words for "deception":
     acting, affectation, airy nothing, appearance, artifice,
     attitudinizing, autism, befooling, bluff, bluffing, bubble, burial,
     burying, casuistry, cheat, cheating, chicane, chicanery, chimera,
     clouding, color, coloring, concealedness, concealment, covering,
     covering up, covertness, cunning, darkening, daydream, deceit,
     deceptiveness, defrauding, deluded belief, delusion, dereism, dirt,
     disguise, dishonesty, dissemblance, dissembling, dissimulation,
     double-dealing, dream, dream vision, dreamland, dreamworld, dupery,
     duping, duplicity, equivocation, facade, face, fake, fakement,
     fakery, faking, false air, false belief, false front, false show,
     falsity, feigning, feint, flam, four-flushing, fraud, front, gilt,
     gloss, guile, gulling, gyp, hallucination, hanky-panky, hiddenness,
     hiding, hoax, hoodwinking, humbug, humbuggery, hypocrisy,
     ignis fatuus, illusion, impose, imposture, indirection, interment,
     intrigue, invisibility, knavery, manipulation, masking, masquerade,
     meretriciousness, mirage, misbelief, misconception, mystification,
     obscuration, obscurement, occultation, ostentation, outward show,
     overreaching, pipe dream, playacting, pose, posing, posture,
     pretense, pretension, pretext, putting away, representation, ride,
     rip-off, ruse, screening, secrecy, secretion, seeming, self-deceit,
     self-deception, self-delusion, sell, semblance, sham,
     sharp practice, show, simulacrum, simulation, snow job, sophism,
     sophistry, speciousness, spoof, spuriousness, stratagem,
     subterfuge, tergiversation, treachery, trick, trickery, trip,
     uncommunicativeness, vapor, varnish, wile, window dressing,
     wrong impression

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