deception

Deception is a trick or scheme used to get what you want, like the deception you used to get your sister to agree to do all your chores for a month.

Deception occurs when you deceive, a word that comes from the Latin de- meaning "from" and capere, meaning "to take." When you deceive someone, the result may be taking — like items you don't really need from people willing to give them, believing they are helping you. You may have heard the phrase "take someone for a ride." That's a way of describing deception.

DEFINITIONS OF: deception

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n a misleading falsehood

Synonyms:
deceit, misrepresentation
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bill of goods
communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable
humbug, snake oil
communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive
half-truth
a partially true statement intended to deceive or mislead
facade, window dressing
a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
exaggeration, magnification, overstatement
making to seem more important than it really is
snow job
a long and elaborate misrepresentation
dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense
pretending with intention to deceive
blind, subterfuge
something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
hanky panky, hocus-pocus, jiggery-pokery, skulduggery, skullduggery, slickness, trickery
verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
duplicity, fraudulence
a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
equivocation, evasion
a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
bluff
pretense that your position is stronger than it really is
pretext, stalking-horse
something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
hypocrisy, lip service
an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
circumlocution, indirect expression
an indirect way of expressing something
doublespeak
any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not
hedge, hedging
an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement
cavil, quibble, quiddity
an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
Type of:
falsehood, falsity, untruth
a false statement

n the act of deceiving

Synonyms:
deceit, dissembling, dissimulation
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fakery
the act of faking (or the product of faking)
indirection
deceitful action that is not straightforward
chicane, chicanery, guile, shenanigan, trickery, wile
the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
double-dealing, duplicity
acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
cheat, cheating
a deception for profit to yourself
delusion, head game, illusion
the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation
the act of giving a false appearance
impersonation, imposture
pretending to be another person
obscurantism
a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
bluff, four flush
the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
take-in
the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone
dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, put-on
something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
jugglery
artful trickery designed to achieve an end
gerrymander
an act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage)
appearance, show
pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
make-believe, pretend
the enactment of a pretense
affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose
a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
masquerade
making a false outward show
Type of:
falsification, misrepresentation
a willful perversion of facts

n an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

Synonyms:
conjuration, conjuring trick, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick
Types:
card trick
a trick performed with playing cards
prestidigitation, sleight of hand
manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
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performance
the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
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