n [U]
when you make yourself believe that something is true when it is not

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • self-deception — The motivated misapprehension of the facts of the case. This may include actively believing what is not true, and refusing to acknowledge a truth, in circumstances where without the motivation the truth would be obvious. The philosophical problem …   Philosophy dictionary

  • self-deception — noun (U) the act of making yourself believe something is true when it is not: He was unwilling to admit that the visionary idea was sheer self deception. self deceptive adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-deception — self deceptive, adj. /self di sep sheuhn, self /, n. the act or fact of deceiving oneself. Also called self deceit /self di seet , self /. [1670 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • self-deception — self′ decep′tion n. the act or fact of deceiving oneself. Also called self′ deceit′ • Etymology: 1670–80 self′ decep′tive, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • self-deception — self de ception noun uncount the action of making yourself believe something good that is not true, especially something about yourself …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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