skulduggery

Skulduggery is dishonest words that are meant to trick people, like your brother's fast-talking that leaves you doing all of his chores and your own, plus giving him your allowance. He's a master of skulduggery.

Skulduggery is an alteration of the Scottish word for "adultery," sculdudrie. Lies, deceit, dirty tricks? Sounds like skulduggery — or using clever words to take advantage of a situation, or person — is involved. However, skulduggery can have many other goals, from lying to potential customers about what a product can do or telling voters anything they want to hear in order to secure their votes.

Definitions of skulduggery
  1. noun
    verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
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