What is a suitable word that can be used in the below story scenario?

I've considered the following words; Delusion, Conjecture, Fallacy, Belief, Erroneous assumption. Is there a better word anyone can suggest?

In a small village there was a girl afflicted with a mortal disease. The medicine to which was expensive and could only be obtained from a doctor who lived seven days journey away.

Her family had the money, but no one to make the perilous journey.

A man, her lover volunteered, and promised to return with the medicine. He got the medicine, but on the way back was mauled by a bear and succumbed to his injuries.

His absence caused the village folk to gossip that he had taken the money and ran away.

The girl's condition worsened, and at soon she passed away under the (mistaken assumption/incorrect belief) that the man had tricked her and ran off.

  • 1 2 3 --- they should answer your question. Jul 31, 2020 at 13:02
  • She died under the misbelief that the man had tricked her and ran off.
    – user358018
    Jul 31, 2020 at 13:11
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    What's wrong with each of the words that you've considered and rejected? Why have you rejected them? There are many words that could be used—including the ones you've listed. What are your criteria for picking the best one? Jul 31, 2020 at 14:12
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    The more-or-less standard form is The girl's condition worsened, and soon she died believing/convinced that the man had tricked her and run off.
    – Greybeard
    Jul 31, 2020 at 14:24
  • A misconception or presumption is probably the closest fit. Misunderstanding might also work.
    – Tyler N
    Jul 31, 2020 at 14:53


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