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The telling of a lie or lies
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  1. The telling of a lie or lies
The act or practice of tricking; use of tricks; deception; fraud
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  1. The act or practice of tricking; use of tricks; deception; fraud
The act or practice of doing the opposite of what one pretends to do; duplicity; deceit
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  1. The act or practice of doing the opposite of what one pretends to do; duplicity; deceit
  2. Duplicity or deceit; treachery.
(Law) The tort or fraudulent representation of a material fact made with knowledge of its falsity, or recklessly, or without reasonable grounds for believing its truth and with intent to induce reliance on it; the plaintiff justifiably relies on the deception, to his injury.
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  1. (Law) The tort or fraudulent representation of a material fact made with knowledge of its falsity, or recklessly, or without reasonable grounds for believing its truth and with intent to induce reliance on it; the plaintiff justifiably relies on the deception, to his injury.
  2. An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick
  3. A dishonest action or trick; fraud or lie
(Uncountable) The characteristic or condition of being dishonest.
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  1. (Uncountable) The characteristic or condition of being dishonest.
  2. The quality of being dishonest; dishonest behavior; deceiving, stealing, etc.
  3. A dishonest act or statement; fraud, lie, etc.
Deception used to achieve an end:
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  1. Deception used to achieve an end:
  2. Any plan, action, or device used to hide one's true objective, evade a difficult or unpleasant situation, etc.; stratagem; artifice
The condition of being mendacious; untruthfulness.
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  1. The condition of being mendacious; untruthfulness.
  2. The quality or state of being mendacious
  3. A lie; a falsehood.
An untrue statement; falsehood; lie
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  1. An untrue statement; falsehood; lie
  2. The quality or state of being untrue; falsity
  3. A lie or falsehood.
A duping or being duped; deception
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  1. A duping or being duped; deception
  2. The act or practice of duping; the condition of being deceived.
An insincere act, remark, etc.
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  1. An insincere act, remark, etc.
  2. The quality of being insincere
  3. Property of being insincere, lacking sincerity or truthfulness.
Roundabout act, procedure, or means
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  1. Roundabout act, procedure, or means
  2. A devious act or statement:
  3. The quality or state of being indirect.
An act of perfidy or treason
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  1. An act of perfidy or treason
  2. Willful betrayal of fidelity, confidence, or trust; perfidy.
  3. Betrayal of trust, faith, or allegiance; perfidy, disloyalty, or treason
Violation of the allegiance owed to one's sovereign or state; betrayal of one's country, specif., in the U.S. (as declared in the Constitution), consisting only in levying war against the U.S. or in giving aid and comfort to its enemies
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  1. Violation of the allegiance owed to one's sovereign or state; betrayal of one's country, specif., in the U.S. (as declared in the Constitution), consisting only in levying war against the U.S. or in giving aid and comfort to its enemies
  2. An attempt to overthrow the government of the state or nation to which one owes allegiance, by making war against that government or by giving material support to the enemies of that government. In order to be convicted of treason, a person must confess in open court or there must be testimony to overt acts by two witnesses. See also sedition. An attempt to overthrow the government of the state or nation to which one owes allegiance, by making war against that government or by giving material support to the enemies of that government. In order to be convicted of treason, a person must confess in open court or there must be testimony to overt acts by two witnesses. See also sedition.
  3. The betrayal of allegiance toward one's own country, especially by committing hostile acts against it or aiding its enemies in committing such acts.
A false appearance or action intended to deceive:
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  1. A false appearance or action intended to deceive:
  2. A claim or assertion to a right, especially a false one:
  3. The quality or state of being pretentious; ostentation:
The dissemination of intentionally false information to deliberately confuse or mislead.
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  1. The dissemination of intentionally false information to deliberately confuse or mislead.
  2. Deliberately misleading information announced publicly or leaked by a government or especially by an intelligence agency in order to influence public opinion or the government in another nation:
An untrue statement; a lie or an inaccuracy.
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  1. An untrue statement; a lie or an inaccuracy.
  2. The practice of lying.
  3. The telling of lies; lying
The quality of being tricky.
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Something showy but worthless
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  1. Something showy but worthless
  2. Nonsense; rubbish.
  3. Deception; trickery; fraud.
The characteristic of being beguiled.
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  1. The characteristic of being beguiled.
The art or practice of cozening.
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  1. The art or practice of cozening.
  2. An act or example of cozening.
  3. The fact or practice of cozening; cheating, deception.
Misleading, dishonest, or empty talk; nonsense
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  1. Misleading, dishonest, or empty talk; nonsense
  2. A person who claims to be other than what he or she is; an impostor.
  3. Something made or done to cheat or deceive; fraud; sham; hoax
An act or instance of such falseness.
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  1. An act or instance of such falseness.
  2. The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
The state or quality of being deceitful.
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  1. The state or quality of being deceitful.
An equivocal statement or expression.
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  1. An equivocal statement or expression.
  2. The use of equivocal language.
A lie; deceitful or dishonest behavior; equivocation. A lie; deceitful or dishonest behavior; equivocation.
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  1. A lie; deceitful or dishonest behavior; equivocation. A lie; deceitful or dishonest behavior; equivocation.
Practical skill employed in a secret or crafty manner; craft; artifice; skillful deceit.
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  1. Practical skill employed in a secret or crafty manner; craft; artifice; skillful deceit.
  2. Skill or adeptness in execution or performance; dexterity.
  3. Practical knowledge or experience; aptitude in performance; skill, proficiency; dexterity.
A clever expedient
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  1. A clever expedient
  2. Cleverness or ingenuity in making or doing something; art or skill:
  3. Something contrived or made up to achieve an end, especially by deceiving; a stratagem or ruse:
A trick or stratagem.
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  1. A trick or stratagem.
  2. Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.
  3. Slyness and cunning in dealing with others
The arrangement of printed matter to form a sequence of pages.
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  1. The arrangement of printed matter to form a sequence of pages.
  2. The forcing of oneself, one's presence or will, etc. on another or others without right or invitation
  3. A deception; fraud
The act or process of bamboozling or being bamboozled
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  1. The act or process of bamboozling or being bamboozled
Crafty deception or trickery or an instance of it.
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  1. Crafty deception or trickery or an instance of it.
  2. Activities intended to deceive; a con or hoax.
A deception; a swindle.
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  1. A deception; a swindle.
  2. Nonsense; rubbish; humbug
  3. A sly trick or deception
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  1. Ability to talk constantly.
  2. Persuasive flattery or kind speech; smooth, wheedling talk; flattery.
  3. A village of southern Ireland near Cork. Blarney Castle (dating from the 15th century) is the site of the Blarney Stone, said to impart powers of eloquence and persuasion.
Alternative spelling of hanky-panky.
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  1. Alternative spelling of hanky-panky.
  2. (Informal) Questionable behavior, as shady dealings or illicit sexual activity
An act intended to deceive or trick.
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  1. An act intended to deceive or trick.
  2. Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means.
  3. A trick or fraud, esp. one meant as a practical joke
An act of swindling; trick; cheat; fraud
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  1. An act of swindling; trick; cheat; fraud
Something said or done to deceive; trick; artifice
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  1. Something said or done to deceive; trick; artifice
  2. One who assumes a false pose; an impostor.
  3. A deception practiced in order to induce another to give up possession of property or surrender a right.
Deception by trickery or sophistry.
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  1. Deception by trickery or sophistry.
  2. (Countable, law) A slick performance by a lawyer.
  3. The use of clever but tricky talk or action to deceive, evade, etc., as in legal dealings
Deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
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  1. Deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
  2. Hypocritical cunning or deception; double-dealing
  3. The quality or state of being twofold or double.
A plausible but fallacious argument.
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  1. A plausible but fallacious argument.
  2. A clever and plausible but fallacious argument or form of reasoning, esp. one intended to deceive
  3. A flawed argument superficially correct in its reasoning, usually designed to deceive. An intentional fallacy.
The act or instance of engaging in deception under an assumed name or identity.
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  1. The act or instance of engaging in deception under an assumed name or identity.
  2. The act or practice of an impostor; fraud; deception
(Slang) The act or an instance of deceiving, persuading, etc. with glib talk, flattery, etc.
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  1. (Slang) The act or an instance of deceiving, persuading, etc. with glib talk, flattery, etc.
  2. (Idiomatic) An attempt to persuade a person using flattery or deception.
  3. An effort to deceive, overwhelm, or persuade with insincere talk, especially flattery.
A person who deceives or who is not what he or she pretends to be; impostor; cheat
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  1. A person who deceives or who is not what he or she pretends to be; impostor; cheat
  2. An intentional misrepresentation uttered to cause another to rely on it to his detriment. An intentional misrepresentation uttered to cause another to rely on it to his detriment.
  3. (--- Law) Intentional deception to cause a person to give up property or some lawful right
Practical skill employed in a secret or crafty manner; craft; artifice; skillful deceit.
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  1. Practical skill employed in a secret or crafty manner; craft; artifice; skillful deceit.
  2. Practical knowledge or experience; aptitude in performance; skill, proficiency; dexterity.
  3. The disposition to employ one's skill in an artful manner; craftiness; guile; artifice; skill of being cunning, sly, conniving, or deceitful.
An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick
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  1. An act or practice intended to deceive; a trick
  2. A dishonest action or trick; fraud or lie
  3. (Law) The tort or fraudulent representation of a material fact made with knowledge of its falsity, or recklessly, or without reasonable grounds for believing its truth and with intent to induce reliance on it; the plaintiff justifiably relies on the deception, to his injury.
The state or quality of being deceitful.
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  1. The state or quality of being deceitful.
The act or practice of doing the opposite of what one pretends to do; duplicity; deceit
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  1. The act or practice of doing the opposite of what one pretends to do; duplicity; deceit
  2. Duplicity or deceit; treachery.
The quality or state of being twofold or double.
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  1. The quality or state of being twofold or double.
  2. Deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
  3. Hypocritical cunning or deception; double-dealing
A trick or stratagem.
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  1. A trick or stratagem.
  2. Slyness and cunning in dealing with others
  3. Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.
(Uncountable) The property of being shifty.
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  1. (Uncountable) The property of being shifty.
  2. (Countable, rare) The result or product of being shifty.
Cleverness or ingenuity in making or doing something; art or skill:
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  1. Cleverness or ingenuity in making or doing something; art or skill:
  2. Something contrived or made up to achieve an end, especially by deceiving; a stratagem or ruse:
  3. A sly or artful trick
An invention, typically a mechanical object; a tactic or contrivance for the purpose of committing a deception or fraud. An invention, typically a mechanical object; a tactic or contrivance for the purpose of committing a deception or fraud.
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  1. An invention, typically a mechanical object; a tactic or contrivance for the purpose of committing a deception or fraud. An invention, typically a mechanical object; a tactic or contrivance for the purpose of committing a deception or fraud.
  2. A design, often with a motto, on a coat of arms; heraldic emblem
  3. A contrivance or invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.
The act of dodging:
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  1. The act of dodging:
  2. A cunning or deceitful act intended to evade something or trick someone:
  3. A clever or resourceful device, plan, etc.
A pretended blow or attack intended to put the opponent off guard, as in boxing or warfare
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  1. A pretended blow or attack intended to put the opponent off guard, as in boxing or warfare
  2. A military attack or maneuver that is meant to divert attention away from a planned point of attack.
  3. A body movement that is intended to divert another's attention, often by being deliberately left uncompleted:
A device employed to cheat, deceive, or trick, especially a mechanism for the secret and dishonest control of gambling apparatus.
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  1. A device employed to cheat, deceive, or trick, especially a mechanism for the secret and dishonest control of gambling apparatus.
  2. A secret means of controlling a gambling device
  3. An attention-getting device or feature, typically superficial, designed to promote the success of a product, campaign, etc.
The act or practice of an impostor; fraud; deception
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  1. The act or practice of an impostor; fraud; deception
  2. The act or instance of engaging in deception under an assumed name or identity.
A device for guiding a tool or for holding machine work in place.
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  1. A device for guiding a tool or for holding machine work in place.
  2. A typically metal fishing lure with one or more hooks, usually deployed with a jiggling motion on or near the bottom.
  3. A device, often with metal surfaces, used as a guide for a tool or as a template
A series of aircraft movements executed by the pilot according to a specific pattern, as a roll, a loop, etc.
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  1. A series of aircraft movements executed by the pilot according to a specific pattern, as a roll, a loop, etc.
  2. A movement or combination of movements involving skill and dexterity:
  3. Any skillful change of movement or direction in driving or controlling a vehicle or craft
An action calculated to frustrate an opponent or gain an advantage indirectly or deviously; a maneuver:
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  1. An action calculated to frustrate an opponent or gain an advantage indirectly or deviously; a maneuver:
  2. An action or maneuver intended to outwit or disconcert another person
A city of northeast Bulgaria on the Danube River south of Bucharest, Romania. Founded as a Roman fortress, it is today a major port and industrial center.
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  1. A city of northeast Bulgaria on the Danube River south of Bucharest, Romania. Founded as a Roman fortress, it is today a major port and industrial center.
  2. A crafty stratagem; a subterfuge.
  3. A stratagem, trick, or artifice
Cunning or craft used in deceiving
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  1. Cunning or craft used in deceiving
  2. An artful trick; sly artifice; a feat so dexterous that the manner of performance escapes observation.
  3. A clever or skillful trick or deception; an artifice or stratagem.
The devising or execution of such schemes or maneuvers:
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  1. The devising or execution of such schemes or maneuvers:
  2. A scheme or maneuver designed to achieve an objective, as in surprising an enemy or deceiving someone.
  3. Any trick or scheme for achieving some purpose
Deception used to achieve an end:
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  1. Deception used to achieve an end:
  2. Any plan, action, or device used to hide one's true objective, evade a difficult or unpleasant situation, etc.; stratagem; artifice
A special skill; a knack:
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  1. A special skill; a knack:
  2. A peculiar event with unexpected, often deceptive results:
  3. An act of jugglery or sleight of hand; also, an illusion of the kind created by legerdemain
A stratagem or trick intended to deceive or ensnare.
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  1. A stratagem or trick intended to deceive or ensnare.
  2. A disarming or seductive manner, device, or procedure:
  3. A sly trick; deceitful artifice; stratagem
An underhanded act or deceitful remark:
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  1. An underhanded act or deceitful remark:
  2. A playful or mischievous act; a prank:
The act or an instance of swindling or cheating; a deception.
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  1. The act or an instance of swindling or cheating; a deception.
  2. (Informal) A taking in; specif., cheating, trickery, etc. or a deception, trick, etc.

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
Find another word for deception. In this page you can discover 83 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for deception, like: defraudation, lying, trickery, double-dealing, deceit, dishonesty, subterfuge, mendacity, untruth, dupery and insincerity.