"Beware of the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing."

Megan Smith

Mrs. Henson

AP English III

February 2014

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My Definition

Deliberately misleading one into error or danger by cunning intelligence in an insidious way.

How I got here

  • c.1300, from Old French decevoir (12c., Modern French décevoir) "to deceive," from Latin decipere "to ensnare, take in, beguile, cheat," from de- "from" or pejorative + capere "to take"

Significant Words:

  • Ensnare: (v.) catch in or as in a trap.
  • Beguile: (v.) charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way.

The word beguile led me to the word cunning which is defined as: "Having or showing skill in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion."

These two words are very important to the definition of the word deception because in order to successfully mislead someone, one must be sly in their actions.

The Tone of the Word Deception

The tone for this word would be malicious: purposely hurtful; very mean; cruel; beguiling.

I would describe this word as "deafening silence", since the destruction being done with deception is detrimental, but usually goes without being noticed for so long.

Notable Quote

“Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”
Criss Jami

Works Sited

"deceive." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 31 Jan. 2014.

"Deceive." The Free Dictionary. Farlex, n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014.

"Deception." N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014.

"Dictionary and Thesaurus." Cheating Dishonest and Insincere Behaviour - Synonyms or Related Words for Cheating Dishonest and Insincere Behaviour - Macmillan Dictionary and Thesaurus. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014.

Martin, Gary. "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing." A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014.

"Quotes on Deception." Quotes on Deception. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014.