01. No one was [deceived] by her obvious lies.
02. The fighter plane was able to use an electronic jamming system to [deceive] the enemy radar.
03. A strange bounce [deceived] the goalkeeper, who could only watch as the ball sailed over his head, and into the net.
04. His tennis serve is very [deceiving]. It's not very fast, but it has a wicked spin, and is difficult to return.
05. The book is an interesting examination of the lies and [deceit] which make up the world of politics.
06. If you think that you can only be popular if you lose weight, then you are [deceiving] yourself.
07. Their advertising is quite [deceptive]. They say their prices are the lowest in town, but that is not true.
08. This government's attempts at [deception] have resulted in a loss of trust in the public eye.
09. The government unemployment statistics are somewhat [deceptive] because they don't include people who have given up looking for work.
10. The car has a [deceptively] large trunk. It looks small from the outside, but is much more spacious than one would imagine.
11. He was quite being [deceitful] when he suggested that he was not married. In fact, he and his wife are only separated, and have even discussed getting back together.
12. He is a [deceitful] person, so you have to be very careful in your dealings with him.
13. The government's report on the presence of mass weapons of destruction in Iraq is quite [deceitful], in that it grossly exaggerates the available evidence.
14. The man was accused of obtaining insurance money by [deception], after he faked an injury following a car accident.
15. I'm tired of all the lies and [deceit] in this relationship.
16. He [deceived] her into thinking that he would leave his wife for her, but he had no intention of doing so.
17. My boss is so full of [deceit] that no one believes anything she says.
18. Opposition members are accusing the Prime Minister of [deceit] in his bid to win support for the war against Iraq.
19. She has [deceived] herself into believing her boyfriend still loves her, but it's obvious their relationship is finished.
20. Machiavelli viewed manipulation and [deception] as integral components of positions of power.
21. A Chinese proverb suggests that the woman who [deceives] her husband makes her lover swear never to be unfaithful to her.
22. An English proverb notes that appearances can be [deceiving].
23. A French proverb tells us that it is more disgraceful to suspect our friends than to be [deceived] by them.
24. A French proverb observes that skeptics are never [deceived].
25. An Italian proverb remarks, "If a man [deceives] me once, shame on him; if he [deceives] me twice, shame on me."
26. A Serbian proverb suggests that he who is quick to believe is quickly [deceived].
27. Madame Swetchine once noted that we [deceive] ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more.
28. Samuel Johnson once said that we are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never [deceived] us.
29. Walter Scott wrote, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to [deceive]."

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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