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hocus-pocus

noun

1 hocus-pocus

Verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way.

synonyms: hanky panky, jiggery-pokery, skulduggery, skullduggery, slickness, trickery.

Roget 148: interchange, exchange; commutation, permutation, intermutation; reciprocation, transposition, rearrangement; shuffling; alternation, reciprocity; castling (at chess); ... show more

Roget 517: meaninglessness, unmeaningness etc. adj.; scrabble.    empty sound, dead letter, vox et praeterea nihil [Lat.]; a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing;" sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.   " nonsense, utter nonsense, gibberish; ... show more

Roget 545: deception; falseness etc. 544; untruth etc. 546; imposition, imposture; fraud, deceit, guile; fraudulence, fraudulency; ... show more

Roget 992: sorcery; occult art, occult sciences; magic, the black art, necromancy, theurgy, thaumaturgy; demonology, demonomy, demonship; diablerie [Fr.], bedevilment; witchcraft, ... show more

Dutch: gesjoemel, hocus-pocus
Polish: cygaƄstwo, kuglarstwo




Moby thesaurus: abracadabra, artifice, cheat, chicanery, con game, conjuring, deceit, deception, duplicity, flimflam, gibberish, hanky-panky, hoax, humbug, incantation, jiggery-pokery, jugglery, legerdemain, magic, mischief ... show more.

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