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Deception or falsehood is an act or statement which misleads, hides the truth, or promotes a belief, concept, or idea that is not true. It is often done for personal gain or advantage and can involve dissimulation, propaganda and sleight of hand as well as distraction, subterfuge, camouflage or concealment. There is also self-deception, as in bad faith. It can also be called, with varying subjective implications, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, ruse, or subterfuge. Deception violates relational rules and is considered to be a negative violation of expectations.


  • A point can be reached in human development where acceptance of deception is impossible and clear thinking is normal.
  • They know far too little and yet believe that they know much. They speak with authority, but it is the authority of the unexpanded mind. The expression of old... worn-out methods from the ancient past is all too prevalent at this time and it is responsible for much deception of the masses and consequent mass delusion.
  • Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.
  • There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

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