See also: déceptive
- Likely or attempting to deceive.
- Synonym: misleading
- deceptive practices
- Appearances can be deceptive.
- 1653, John Bulwer, Anthropometamorphosis, London: William Hunt, Scene 24, p. 521,
- […] others declare that no Creature can be made or transmuted into a better or worse, or transformed into another species […] and Martinus Delrio the Jesuit accounts this degeneration of Man into a Beast to be an illusion, deceptive and repugnant to Nature;
- 1789, Thomas Holcroft (translator), The History of My Own Times by Frederick the Great, London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, Part 1, Chapter 12, p. 163,
- […] at the opening of the campaign, the French, after various deceptive attempts on different places, suddenly invested Tournay.
- 1846, Richard Chenevix Trench, Notes on the Miracles of Our Lord, London: John W. Parker, 2nd ed., 1847, Preliminary Essay, Chapter 2, p. 10,
- language altogether deceptive, and hiding the deeper reality from our eyes
- 1978, Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Chapter 2, p. 13,
- See also Thesaurus:deceptive
misleading, attempting to deceive