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
  1. noun
    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
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    falsehood, falsity, untruth
    a false statement
  2. noun
    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
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    falsification, misrepresentation
    a willful perversion of facts
  3. noun
    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
    synonyms: conjuration, conjuring trick, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick
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    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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