[ US /ˌsɛɫfdəˈsɛpʃən/ ]
  1. a misconception that is favorable to the person who holds it
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How To Use self-deception In A Sentence

  • It shows a society that, white or red, encourages rapacity, self-deception and slavish respect for authority.
  • He describes honestly, without self-deception and precisely how the dictatorship functioned and what it did with people. Ms. Merkel's Reading Tips
  • John McCain is George Bush's handpicked apologist and carrier of the self-deception flame but, like Bush, he is also unqualified andout of touch with reality: Allen L Roland McCAIN IS ANOTHER BUSH / UNQUALIFIED AND OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY
  • I do not mean that all who have written or spoken on the subject had this conception of it, but I believe they who thought truly meant this; they did not suppose that in imputing righteousness there was a kind of figment, a self-deception in the mind of God; they did not mean that by an act of will He chose to consider that every act which Sermons Preached at Brighton Third Series
  • A certain clearness of judgment is apt to be the blessed handmaid of uncommon truth of character; the mind that knows not what it is to play tricks upon its neighbours is rewarded by a comparative freedom from self-deception. Queechy
  • If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed. Marcus Aurelius 
  • It doesn't make him one whit less sharp at ferreting out deception, including self-deception.
  • What Walker did mostly, besides talk about the nature of self-deception, was to teach a form of ac - ceptance that came with finding inner peace, with going deep in - side to let go of extraneous matters and concerns, and with opening up instead of closing down as a way of dealing with the things that caused pain. Ilse Witch
  • Their actions leave open the further question: when does out-and-out prevarication shade off into self-deception and denial?
  • What destroys us most effectively is not a malign fate but our own capacity for self-deception and for degrading our own best self. George Eliot 
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