con

A con, or confidence game, is a swindle — when you take advantage of someone's trust. If you con someone out of their life savings, you might wind up a con — as in convict.

The word con has many meanings, none of them good. An argument has pros and cons, and the cons are always the downside. An ex-con is someone who spent time in jail as a convict, and a con artist is someone who scams people out of their money.

Definitions of con
  1. noun
    an argument opposed to a proposal
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    Antonyms:
    pro
    an argument in favor of a proposal
    type of:
    argument, statement
    a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true
  2. adverb
    in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.
    “much was written pro and con
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    Antonyms:
    pro
    in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.
  3. noun
    a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
    synonyms: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, hustle, sting
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    types:
    sting operation
    a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
    type of:
    cheat, rig, swindle
    the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
  4. verb
    deprive of by deceit
    synonyms: bunco, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize
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    types:
    short, short-change
    cheat someone by not returning him enough money
    type of:
    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
  5. verb
    commit to memory; learn by heart
    synonyms: learn, memorise, memorize
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    types:
    alternate, understudy
    be an understudy or alternate for a role
    type of:
    hit the books, study
    learn by reading books
  6. noun
    a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
    synonyms: convict, inmate, yard bird, yardbird
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    types:
    lifer
    a prisoner serving a term of life imprisonment
    trusty
    a convict who is considered trustworthy and granted special privileges
    type of:
    captive, prisoner
    a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
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