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deception

Roget category 545

4. Words relating to the intellectual faculties
4.9. Modes of communication
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#545. Deception

noun

deceptionfalseness etc. 544untruth etc. 546imposition, imposturefraud, deceit, guilefraudulence, fraudulencycovinknavery etc. (cunning) 702misrepresentation etc. (falsehood) 544bluffstraw-bail, straw bid [U.S.]spoof [Slang].
delusion, gulleryjuggling, juggleryslight of hand, legerdemainprestigiation, prestidigitationmagic etc. 992conjuring, conjurationhocus-pocus, escamoterie, jockeyshiptrickery, coggery, chicanerysupercherie, cozenage, circumvention, ingannation, collusiontreachery etc. 940practical joke.
trick, cheat, wile, blind, feint, plant, bubble, fetch, catch, chicane, juggle, reach, hocus, bitecard sharping, stacked deck, loaded dice, quick shuffle, double dealing, dealing seconds, dealing from the bottom of the deckartful dodge, swindletricks upon travelersstratagem etc. (artifice) 702confidence trick, fake, hoaxtheft etc. 791ballot-box stuffing [U.S.], barney [Slang]brace game [Slang], bunko game, drop game [Slang], gum game [U.S.], panel game [U.S.], shell game, thimblerig, skin game [U.S.].
snare, trap, pitfall, decoy, ginspringe, springlenoose, hootbait, decoy-duck, tub to the whale, baited trap, guet-a-penscobweb, net, meshes, toils, mouse trap, birdlimedionaea, Venus's flytrap ambush etc. 530trapdoor, sliding panel, false bottomspring-net, spring net, spring gun, mask, masked batterymineflytrapgreen goods [U.S.]panel house.
Cornish hugwolf in sheep's clothing etc. (deceiver) 548disguise, disguisementfalse colors, masquerade, mummery, borrowed plumespattes de velours [Fr.].
mockery etc. (imitation) 19copy etc. 21counterfeit, sham, make-believe, forgery, fraudlie etc. 546a delusion a mockery and a snare" [Denman], hollow mockery.
whited sepulcher, painted sepulchertinsel paste, junk jewelry, costume jewelry, false jewelry, synthetic jewelsscagliola, ormolu, German silver, albata, paktong, white metal, Britannia metal, paintveneerjerry buildingman of straw.
illusion etc. (error) 495ignis fatuus [Lat.] etc. 423mirage etc. 443.

verb

deceive, take indefraud, cheat, jockey, do, cozen, diddle, nab, chouse, play one false, bilk, cully, jilt, bite, pluck, swindle, victimizeabusemystifyblind one's eyes blindfold, hoodwinkthrow dust into the eyesdupe, gull, hoax, fool, befool, bamboozle, flimflam, hornswoggletrick.
impose upon, practice upon, play upon, put upon, palm off on, palm upon, foist uponsnatch a verdictbluff off, bluffbunko, four flush [Slang], gum [U.S.], spoof [Slang], stuff (a ballot box) [U.S.].
circumvent, overreachoutreach, out wit, out maneuversteal a march upon, give the go-by, to leave in the lurch decoy, waylay, lure, beguile, delude, inveigleentrap, intrap, ensnarenick, springeset a trap, lay a trap, lay a snare forbait the hook, forelay, spread the toils, limetrapan, trepankidnaplet in, hook innousle, nouselblind a trailenmesh, immeshshanghaicatch, catch in a trapsniggle, entangle, illaqueate, hocus, escamoter, practice on one's credulityhum, humbuggammon, stuff up [Slang], sellplay a trick upon one, play a practical joke upon one, put something over on one, put one over onbalk, trip up, throw a tub to a whalefool to the top of one's bent, send on a fool's errandmake game, make a fool of, make an April fool of, make an ass oftrifle with, cajole, flattercome over etc. (influence) 615gild the pill, make things pleasant, divert, put a good face upondissemble etc. 544.
cog, cog the dice, load the dice, stack the decklive by one's wits, play at hide and seekobtain money under false pretenses etc. (steal) 791conjure, juggle, practice chicanerydeacon [U.S.].
play off, palm off, foist off, fob-off.
lie etc. 544misinform etc. 538mislead etc. (error) 495betray etc. 940be deceived etc. 547.

adjective

deceived etc. v. — deceiving &c. — cunning etc. 702prestigious, prestigiatorydeceptive, deceptiousdeceitful, covinousdelusive, delusoryillusive, illusoryelusive, insidious, ad captandum vulgus [Lat.].
untrue etc. 546mock, sham, make-believe, counterfeit, snide [Slang], pseudo, spurious, supposititious, so-called, pretended, feigned, trumped up, bogus, scamped, fraudulent, tricky, factitious bastardsurreptitious, illegitimate, contraband, adulterated, sophisticatedunsound, rotten at the corecolorabledisguisedmeretricious, tinsel, pinchbeck, platedcatchpennyBrummagem.
artificial, synthetic, ersatz [G.]simulated etc. 544.

adverb

under false colors, under the garb of, under cover ofover the left.

phrase

keep the word of promise to the ear and break it to keep the word of promise to the ear and break it to the hope" [Macbeth]; fronti nulla fides [Lat.]ah that deceit should steal such gentle shapes" [Richard III]; a quicksand of deceit" [Henry VI]; decipimur specie recti [Lat.] [Horace]; falsi crimen [Lat.]fraus est celare fraudem [Lat.]lupus in fabula [Lat.]so smooth, he daubed his vice with show of so smooth, he daubed his vice with show of virtue" [Richard III].



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