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Tending to mislead; deceptive.
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  1. Tending to mislead; deceptive.
  2. Deceptive or tending to mislead or create a false impression.
False; not truthful
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  1. False; not truthful
  2. Disposed to or characterized by untruth:
Not agreeing with a standard, rule, or measure
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  1. Not agreeing with a standard, rule, or measure
  2. Contrary to fact or truth; false or incorrect
  3. Deviating from a standard; not straight, even, level, or exact.
A false appearance or action intended to deceive:
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  1. A false appearance or action intended to deceive:
  2. A false claim or profession
  3. A false reason or plea; pretext
A cover-up; front
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  1. A cover-up; front
  2. A false reason or motive put forth to hide the real one; excuse
  3. A reason or excuse given to hide the real reason for something.
A fraudulent imitation or facsimile.
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  1. A fraudulent imitation or facsimile.
  2. Something that so closely resembles something else as to mislead
  3. 1590Edmund Spenser, Faerie Queene Book III, canto VIII:
Anything or anyone not genuine; fraud; counterfeit
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  1. Anything or anyone not genuine; fraud; counterfeit
  2. One that is not authentic or genuine; a sham.
  3. (Sports) A brief feint or aborted change of direction intended to mislead one's opponent or the opposing team.
The act of forging something, especially the unlawful act of counterfeiting a document or object for the purposes of fraud or deception.
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  1. The act of forging something, especially the unlawful act of counterfeiting a document or object for the purposes of fraud or deception.
  2. A false banknote, document, work of art, or other imitation of a thing of value, created to be passed off as real; the act of creating such an object. A false banknote, document, work of art, or other imitation of a thing of value, created to be passed off as real; the act of creating such an object.
  3. Something that has been forged, especially a document that has been copied or remade to look like the original.
A person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold.
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  1. A person who professes beliefs or opinions that they do not hold.
  2. Something not genuine; sham; fake
  3. A person who assumes an identity or quality other than their own.
A sort of vaudeville characterized by low comedy, striptease acts, etc.
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  1. A sort of vaudeville characterized by low comedy, striptease acts, etc.
  2. A ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty:
  3. A literary or dramatic work that makes fun of something, often by means of outlandish exaggeration.
The act or art of making such caricatures
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  1. The act or art of making such caricatures
  2. A pictorial representation of someone in which distinguishing features are exaggerated for comic effect.
  3. A picture or imitation of a person, literary style, etc. in which certain features or mannerisms are exaggerated for satirical effect
(Uncountable) A ridiculous or empty show.
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  1. (Uncountable) A ridiculous or empty show.
  2. (Uncountable) A style of humor marked by broad improbabilities with little regard to regularity or method; compare sarcasm.
  3. A light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect.
An act of mocking; jibe; sneer
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  1. An act of mocking; jibe; sneer
  2. An imitation or counterfeit
  3. A person or thing receiving or deserving ridicule or derision
Mimicry, imitation, now usually in a derogatory sense; a travesty, a ridiculous simulacrum.
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  1. Mimicry, imitation, now usually in a derogatory sense; a travesty, a ridiculous simulacrum.
  2. Something so lacking in necessary qualities as to inspire ridicule; a laughing-stock.
  3. Something ludicrously futile or unsuitable:
(Music) The practice of reworking an already established composition, especially the incorporation into the Mass of material borrowed from other works, such as motets or madrigals.
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  1. (Music) The practice of reworking an already established composition, especially the incorporation into the Mass of material borrowed from other works, such as motets or madrigals.
  2. Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty:
  3. A literary or artistic work that uses imitation, as of the characteristic style of an author or a work, for comic effect or ridicule.
A debased or grotesque likeness:
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  1. A debased or grotesque likeness:
  2. An exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody of a literary work.
  3. A crude, distorted, or ridiculous representation (of something)
The process of doing or performing something:
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  1. The process of doing or performing something:
  2. The actor or actors presenting such a performance:
  3. A show of feeling or behavior that is not sincere and is put on just for effect
An intended action or deed.
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  1. An intended action or deed.
  2. (Law) The deeds or actions of parties are called actings to avoid confusion with the legal senses of deeds and actions.
  3. The act, art, or occupation of performing in plays, movies, etc.
Any clothes, equipment, manner, etc. used for disguising
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  1. Any clothes, equipment, manner, etc. used for disguising
  2. Appearance that misrepresents the true character of something:
  3. The act or practice of disguising
  1. (Countable) Dissimilarity, unlikeness.
  2. (Uncountable) Dissembling, as a kind of behavior; dissembling, generally.
  3. (Countable) An act of dissembling.
An involved scheme; a charade.
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  1. An involved scheme; a charade.
  2. A ball or party at which masks and fancy costumes or disguises are worn
  3. A disguise or false outward show; a pretense:
A false or studied show; an affectation:
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  1. A false or studied show; an affectation:
  2. A false show of something
  3. A pretentious act or remark
(Informal) An affair or undertaking:
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  1. (Informal) An affair or undertaking:
  2. A display; a manifestation:
  3. A false appearance; a pretense:
Imitation or representation, as of a potential situation or in experimental testing.
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  1. Imitation or representation, as of a potential situation or in experimental testing.
  2. Representation of the operation or features of one process or system through the use of another:
  3. The act or process of simulating.
Counterfeit or fake; not genuine:
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  1. Counterfeit or fake; not genuine:
  2. (Slang) Not conforming with what one would hope to be the case; disappointing or unfair:
  3. Not genuine; spurious
Made in imitation of something genuine so as to deceive or defraud; forged
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  1. Made in imitation of something genuine so as to deceive or defraud; forged
  2. Made in imitation of what is genuine with the intent to defraud:
  3. False, especially of money; intended to deceive or carry appearance of being genuine.
Artificial; not real; specif., made of synthetic fibers, to resemble animal fur
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  1. Artificial; not real; specif., made of synthetic fibers, to resemble animal fur
  2. Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent.
  3. Fraudulent; not genuine; sham; false
Resembling but not accurately or properly designated as such:
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  1. Resembling but not accurately or properly designated as such:
  2. Intentionally deceptive:
  3. Not genuine or real:
Acting with fraud; deceitful
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  1. Acting with fraud; deceitful
  2. Done or obtained by fraud
  3. Characterized by, constituting, or gained by fraud:
Not genuine or real; sham or counterfeit:
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  1. Not genuine or real; sham or counterfeit:
  2. Fraudulent; fake; having a misleading appearance.
  3. Not genuine; false, counterfeit, spurious, pretentious, etc.
Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine:
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  1. Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine:
  2. Not trustworthy; dubious or fallacious:
  3. Not true or genuine; false; counterfeit
Suppositional; hypothetical
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  1. Suppositional; hypothetical
  2. Hypothetical; supposed.
  3. Substituted with fraudulent intent; spurious.
To carry out an action:
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  1. To carry out an action:
  2. To play the part of; assume the dramatic role of:
  3. To serve or function as a substitute for another:
To falsely produce what appears to be official or valid; to produce a forged copy of.
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  1. To falsely produce what appears to be official or valid; to produce a forged copy of.
  2. (Poker, usually "be counterfeited") Of a turn or river card, to invalidate a player's hand by making a better hand on the board.
  3. To copy or imitate something without the right to do so and with the intent to deceive or defraud by representing the copy or imitation to be the original or to be genuine if no original ever existed (such as passing off a painting as a particular work by Claude Monet when, in fact, Monet never painted such a piece of art). To copy or imitate something without the right to do so and with the intent to deceive or defraud by representing the copy or imitation to be the original or to be genuine if no original ever existed (such as passing off a painting as a particular work by Claude Monet when, in fact, Monet never painted such a piece of art).
To conceal the truth, or one's true feelings, motives, etc., by pretense; behave hypocritically
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  1. To conceal the truth, or one's true feelings, motives, etc., by pretense; behave hypocritically
  2. To conceal under a false appearance; disguise
  3. To disguise or conceal one's real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.
To simulate; feign:
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  1. To simulate; feign:
  2. (Sports) To deceive (an opponent) with a fake. Often used with out.
  3. (Naut.) To lay out (a line) in long, parallel, partly overlapping lengths so that it will run out freely without kinking
To give a false appearance of:
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  1. To give a false appearance of:
  2. (Obs.) To form; shape
  3. To represent falsely; pretend to:
To play a pretended role; make believe.
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  1. To play a pretended role; make believe.
  2. To play a role in a dramatic performance.
  3. To behave in an overdramatic or artificial manner.
To set forth in words for consideration; propound:
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  1. To set forth in words for consideration; propound:
  2. To represent oneself falsely; pretend to be other than what one is:
  3. To put (a model, photographic subject, etc.) in a certain position or attitude
To take upon oneself; venture:
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  1. To take upon oneself; venture:
  2. To give a false appearance of; feign:
  3. To claim; profess; allege
To achieve or imitate the characteristics or effect of
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  1. To achieve or imitate the characteristics or effect of
  2. To create a representation or model of (a physical system or particular situation, for example).
  3. To have or take on the external appearance of; look or act like
To have an influence on or effect a change in:
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  1. To have an influence on or effect a change in:
  2. To tend to by nature; tend to assume:
  3. To like to have, use, wear, be in, etc.
To make a supposition; suppose or believe:
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  1. To make a supposition; suppose or believe:
  2. To put oneself into
  3. To take on or put on (a certain appearance, form, role, etc.)
(Poker, usually "be counterfeited") Of a turn or river card, to invalidate a player's hand by making a better hand on the board.
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  1. (Poker, usually "be counterfeited") Of a turn or river card, to invalidate a player's hand by making a better hand on the board.
  2. To carry on a deception; dissemble.
  3. To copy or imitate something without the right to do so and with the intent to deceive or defraud by representing the copy or imitation to be the original or to be genuine if no original ever existed (such as passing off a painting as a particular work by Claude Monet when, in fact, Monet never painted such a piece of art). To copy or imitate something without the right to do so and with the intent to deceive or defraud by representing the copy or imitation to be the original or to be genuine if no original ever existed (such as passing off a painting as a particular work by Claude Monet when, in fact, Monet never painted such a piece of art).
(Naut.) To lay out (a line) in long, parallel, partly overlapping lengths so that it will run out freely without kinking
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  1. (Naut.) To lay out (a line) in long, parallel, partly overlapping lengths so that it will run out freely without kinking
  2. (Sports) To perform a fake.
  3. (Sports) To deceive (an opponent) with a fake. Often used with out.
To give a false appearance of:
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  1. To give a false appearance of:
  2. (Archaic) To invent or imagine.
  3. To represent falsely; pretend to:
To lay claim:
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  1. To lay claim:
  2. To give a false appearance of; feign:
  3. To take upon oneself; venture:
To achieve or imitate the characteristics or effect of
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  1. To achieve or imitate the characteristics or effect of
  2. To have or take on the external appearance of; look or act like
  3. To use computer simulation to represent (a system, physical process, etc.)
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