manipulation

Manipulation is the skillful handling, controlling or using of something or someone. Whether it's the sculpture you made in art class or how you convinced your friend to do your homework — both are considered manipulation.

From the Latin word for "handful," manipulation certainly has much to do with using your hands to move or shape something, like a good DJ manipulating two totally different tunes into the perfect mashup. But this word also has some negative connotations — a manipulative person knows how to twist words, play on emotions and otherwise manage a situation in a sneaky fashion to get what he wants.

Definitions of manipulation
  1. noun
    exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
    “his manipulation of his friends was scandalous”
    synonyms: use
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    types:
    mind game
    deliberate actions of calculated psychological manipulation intended to intimidate or confuse (usually for competitive advantage)
    type of:
    influence
    causing something without any direct or apparent effort
  2. noun
    the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means
    synonyms: handling
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    types:
    fielding
    (baseball) handling the ball while playing in the field
    type of:
    touch, touching
    the act of putting two things together with no space between them
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