Usage examples for delude

  1. By means of many revolving windows and reflectors, Hiram could flash a light on the town and delude simple people, who were easily impressed and frightened, into the belief that they saw lightning. – Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa
  2. And there are times now when I have moments of terrifying clearness of vision during which I seem to see, if I may so express it, into the depths of life; it is at such moments that life presents itself to me without those pleasing mirages that during the day still delude me; during those moments I appear to have a more vivid realization of the rapid flight of the years, the crumbling away of all that I endeavor to hold to, I almost realize the final unimaginable nothingness, I see the bottomless pit of death, near at hand, no longer in any way disguised. – The Story of a Child by Pierre Loti
  3. You must not delude yourself. – The Child of the Dawn by Arthur Christopher Benson
  4. I am too old for love; I am too old To flatter and delude myself with visions Of never- ending friendship with fair women, Imaginations, fantasies, illusions, In which the things that cannot be take shape, And seem to be, and for the moment are. – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  5. Delude yourself, if you like, with false hopes. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  6. Though she knew that for ever after, he and she would henceforth be parted, her heart had so yearned for him that vaguely she had begun to delude herself with the hope that after all only a great misunderstanding existed between him and her, and that before they spoke the last words of farewell their hands would meet just once again- only as friends- only as comrades perhaps- but closely, trustfully for all that. – The Tangled Skein by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  7. Let not this be the case with you, who are weak and hang on a single turn of the scale; nor be like the vulgar, who, abandoning such security as human means may still afford, when visible hopes fail them in extremity, turn to invisible, to prophecies and oracles, and other such inventions that delude men with hopes to their destruction. – The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  8. And it was just that instinctive need of colour which had made her so easy to delude – At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason
  9. I simply want to say that you should not delude yourself into believing that we have risen up above other people by what we have done, that we have deserved the gratitude of fate. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  10. Forsythe, on the other hand, tried to put on a front for others, and, in doing so, had managed to delude himself pretty thoroughly. – Fifty Per Cent Prophet by Gordon Randall Garrett
  11. Even now at age 26 but with thoughts at certain moments suffering and dragging like a man of 50, there was just himself, the real unit of one, and delude himself all he pleased he knew that he could not find anyone more significant than that. – Corpus of a Siam Mosquito by Steven Sills
  12. You may delude some of my neighbors, sir, and you may know more about money- making, where it is no question how the money is made, than I do! – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. These also appear to be intended to delude – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  14. Might it not be a hoax purposely put in his way to delude him? – The Willoughby Captains by Talbot Baines Reed
  15. Children are among the most effective means devised by Nature to delude us into living on. – Over Prairie Trails by Frederick Philip Grove
  16. These gentlemen who assisted him while in Newgate, were so kind as to offer to make up a considerable sum of money, if it could have been of any use; but finding that neither that nor their interest could do anything to save him, they frankly acquainted him therewith and begged him not to delude himself with false hopes. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward
  17. Gorman appeared to him to be an unappreciated Oscar Wilde, one of those geniuses- I am bound to admit that they are mostly Irish- who delude the world into thinking they are uttering profound truths when they are merely outraging common sense. – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  18. Sweet to delude himself! – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  19. And I delude myself with the hope that you liked them. – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann