(De*lud"a*ble) a. Capable of being deluded; liable to be imposed on; gullible. Sir T. Browne.
(De*lude") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluded; p. pr. & vb. n. Deluding.] [L. deludere, delusum;
de- + ludere to play, make sport of, mock. See Ludicrous.]
1. To lead from truth or into error; to mislead the mind or judgment of; to beguile; to impose on; to dupe; to
make a fool of.
To delude the nation by an airy phantom.Burke.
2. To frustrate or disappoint.
It deludes thy search.Dryden.
Syn. To mislead; deceive; beguile; cajole; cheat; dupe. See Deceive.
(De*lud"er) n. One who deludes; a deceiver; an impostor.
(Del"uge) n. [F. déluge, L. diluvium, fr. diluere wash away; di- = dis- + luere, equiv. to lavare
to wash. See Lave, and cf. Diluvium.]
1. A washing away; an overflowing of the land by water; an inundation; a flood; specifically, The Deluge,
the great flood in the days of Noah
2. Fig.: Anything which overwhelms, or causes great destruction. "The deluge of summer." Lowell.
A fiery deluge fedMilton.
With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed.
As I grub up some quaint old fragment of a [London] street, or a house, or a shop, or tomb or burial
ground, which has still survived in the deluge.F. Harrison.
After me the deluge.Madame de Pompadour.
(Aprés moi le déluge.)
(Del"uge), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Deluging.]
1. To overflow with water; to inundate; to overwhelm.
The deluged earth would useless grow.Blackmore.
2. To overwhelm, as with a deluge; to cover; to overspread; to overpower; to submerge; to destroy; as, the
northern nations deluged the Roman empire with their armies; the land is deluged with woe.
At length corruption, like a general flood . . .Pope.
Shall deluge all.
(||De*lun"dung) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) An East Indian carnivorous mammal resembling
the civets, but without scent pouches. It is handsomely spotted.
(De*lu"sion) n. [L. delusio, fr. deludere. See Delude.]
1. The act of deluding; deception; a misleading of the mind. Pope.
2. The state of being deluded or misled.
3. That which is falsely or delusively believed or propagated; false belief; error in belief.
And fondly mourned the dear delusion gone.Prior.