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.

Primary Meanings of con

1.
nadv
an argument opposed to a proposal
in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.
2.
nv
a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
deprive of by deceit
3.
v
commit to memory; learn by heart
4.
n
a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
Full Definitions of con
1

n an argument opposed to a proposal

Antonyms:
pro
an argument in favor of a proposal
Type of:
argument, statement
a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true

adv in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.

“much was written pro and con
Antonyms:
pro
in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.
2

n 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
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

v deprive of by deceit

Synonyms:
bunco, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize
Types:
short, short-change
cheat someone by not returning him enough money
Type of:
cheat, chisel, rip off
deprive somebody of something by deceit
3

v commit to memory; learn by heart

Synonyms:
learn, memorise, memorize
Types:
alternate, understudy
be an understudy or alternate for a role
Type of:
hit the books, study
learn by reading books
4

n a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison

Synonyms:
convict, inmate, yard bird, yardbird
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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