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What's the difference between "Deceive" and "Trick"?


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To "deceive" someone means to mislead them on purpose with evil or malicious intent. To "trick" on the other hand usually means to mislead someone but usually as a joke without evil or cruel intent. So "deceive" is generally a bit more malicious and cruel than "trick". Ex: He had been deceiving us all for years by lying about his drug use. Ex: She tricked me! I really thought she sold my car but she was just kidding.

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