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Another word for deception

  1. The act or practice of deceiving

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  2. An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end

      1. The act or an instance of swindling or cheating; a deception.
      1. A playful or mischievous act; a prank:
      2. An underhanded act or deceitful remark:
      1. A stratagem or trick intended to deceive or ensnare.
      2. A disarming or seductive manner, device, or procedure:
      3. To influence or lead by means of wiles; entice:
      1. An act or procedure intended to achieve an end by deceptive or fraudulent means.
      2. A mischievous action; a prank:
      3. A stupid, disgraceful, or childish act:
      1. Deception used to achieve an end:
      2. A deceptive stratagem or device:
      1. A scheme or maneuver designed to achieve an objective, as in surprising an enemy or deceiving someone.
      2. The devising or execution of such schemes or maneuvers:
      1. Deftness; dexterity.
      2. A clever or skillful trick or deception; an artifice or stratagem.
      1. A crafty stratagem; a subterfuge.
      1. An action calculated to frustrate an opponent or gain an advantage indirectly or deviously; a maneuver:
      1. A movement or combination of movements involving skill and dexterity:
      2. A controlled change in movement or direction of a moving vehicle or vessel, as in the flight path of an aircraft.
      3. A strategic or tactical military or naval movement.
      1. Any of various lively dances in triple time.
      2. The music for such a dance.
      3. A joke or trick. Used chiefly in the phrase The jig is up.
      1. The act or instance of engaging in deception under an assumed name or identity.
      1. A device employed to cheat, deceive, or trick, especially a mechanism for the secret and dishonest control of gambling apparatus.
      2. An innovative or unusual mechanical contrivance; a gadget.
      3. An innovative stratagem or scheme employed especially to promote a project:
      1. A military attack or maneuver that is meant to divert attention away from a planned point of attack.
      2. A body movement that is intended to divert another's attention, often by being deliberately left uncompleted:
      3. A deceptive action calculated to divert attention from one's real purpose.
      1. To avoid (a blow, for example) by moving or shifting quickly aside.
      2. To evade (an obligation, for example) by cunning, trickery, or deceit:
      3. To blunt or reduce the intensity of (a section of a photograph) by shading during the printing process.
      1. A contrivance or invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.
      2. A literary contrivance, such as parallelism or personification, used to achieve a particular effect.
      3. A decorative design, figure, or pattern, as one used in embroidery.
      1. Deception or trickery:
      2. Something contrived or made up to achieve an end, especially by deceiving; a stratagem or ruse:
      3. Cleverness or ingenuity in making or doing something; art or skill:

Another word for deception

  1. The practice of deceiving

  2. A deceptive act

      1. A deception practiced in order to induce another to give up possession of property or surrender a right.
      2. A piece of trickery; a trick.
      3. One that defrauds; a cheat.
      1. To cheat or defraud of money or property.
      2. To obtain by fraudulent means:
      3. To practice fraud as a means of obtaining money or property.
      1. An act intended to deceive or trick.
      2. Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means.
      3. To deceive or cheat by using a hoax.
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Synonym Study

  • Chicanery implies the use of clever but tricky talk or action, esp. in legal actions
  • Trickery implies the use of tricks or ruses in deceiving others
  • Subterfuge suggests an artifice or stratagem used to hide one's true objective, to evade something, or to gain some end
  • Fraud suggests deliberate deception in dishonestly depriving a person of property, rights, etc.
  • Deception is applied to anything that deceives, whether by design or illusion