Roget category 5454. Words relating to the intellectual faculties
› 4.9. Modes of communication
straw bid [U.S.] —
delusion, gullery† — juggling, jugglery† — slight of hand, legerdemain — prestigiation†, prestidigitation — magic etc. 992 — conjuring, conjuration — hocus-pocus, escamoterie†, jockeyship† — trickery, coggery†, chicanery — supercherie†, cozenage†, circumvention, ingannation†, collusion — treachery etc. 940 — practical joke.
trick, cheat, wile, blind, feint, plant, bubble, fetch, catch, chicane, juggle, reach, hocus, bite — card sharping, stacked deck, loaded dice, quick shuffle, double dealing, dealing seconds, dealing from the bottom of the deck — artful dodge, swindle — tricks upon travelers — stratagem etc. (artifice) 702 — confidence trick, fake, hoax — theft etc. 791 — ballot-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, gin — springe†, springle† — noose, hoot — bait, decoy-duck, tub to the whale, baited trap, guet-a-pens — cobweb, net, meshes, toils, mouse trap, birdlime — dionaea†, Venus's flytrap† — ambush etc. 530 — trapdoor, sliding panel, false bottom — spring-net, spring net, spring gun, mask, masked battery — mine — flytrap† — green goods [U.S.] — panel house.
Cornish hug — wolf in sheep's clothing etc. (deceiver) 548 — disguise, disguisement† — false colors, masquerade, mummery, borrowed plumes — pattes de velours [Fr.].
mockery etc. (imitation) 19 — copy etc. 21 — counterfeit, sham, make-believe, forgery, fraud — lie etc. 546 — a delusion a mockery and a snare" [Denman], hollow mockery.
whited sepulcher, painted sepulcher — tinsel — paste, junk jewelry, costume jewelry, false jewelry, synthetic jewels — scagliola†, ormolu, German silver, albata†, paktong†, white metal, Britannia metal, paint — veneer — jerry building — man of straw.
illusion etc. (error) 495 — ignis fatuus [Lat.] etc. 423 — mirage etc. 443.
take in —
play one false,
blind one's eyes —
throw dust into the eyes —
impose upon, practice upon, play upon, put upon, palm off on, palm upon, foist upon — snatch a verdict — bluff off, bluff — bunko, four flush [Slang], gum [U.S.], spoof [Slang], stuff (a ballot box) [U.S.].
circumvent, overreach — outreach, out wit, out maneuver — steal a march upon, give the go-by, to leave in the lurch decoy, waylay, lure, beguile, delude, inveigle — entrap, intrap†, ensnare — nick, springe† — set a trap, lay a trap, lay a snare for — bait the hook, forelay†, spread the toils, lime — trapan†, trepan — kidnap — let in, hook in — nousle†, nousel† — blind a trail — enmesh, immesh† — shanghai — catch, catch in a trap — sniggle, entangle, illaqueate†, hocus, escamoter†, practice on one's credulity — hum, humbug — gammon, stuff up [Slang], sell — play a trick upon one, play a practical joke upon one, put something over on one, put one over on — balk, trip up, throw a tub to a whale — fool to the top of one's bent, send on a fool's errand — make game, make a fool of, make an April fool of†, make an ass of — trifle with, cajole, flatter — come over etc. (influence) 615 — gild the pill, make things pleasant, divert, put a good face upon — dissemble etc. 544.
cog, cog the dice, load the dice, stack the deck — live by one's wits, play at hide and seek — obtain money under false pretenses etc. (steal) 791 — conjure, juggle, practice chicanery — deacon [U.S.].
play off, palm off, foist off, fob-off.
lie etc. 544 — misinform etc. 538 — mislead etc. (error) 495 — betray etc. 940 — be deceived etc. 547.
ad captandum vulgus [Lat.].
untrue etc. 546 — mock, sham, make-believe, counterfeit, snide [Slang], pseudo, spurious, supposititious, so-called, pretended, feigned, trumped up, bogus, scamped, fraudulent, tricky, factitious bastard — surreptitious, illegitimate, contraband, adulterated, sophisticated — unsound, rotten at the core — colorable — disguised — meretricious, tinsel, pinchbeck, plated — catchpenny — Brummagem.
artificial, synthetic, ersatz [G.] — simulated etc. 544.
under false colors,
under the garb of,
under cover of —
over the left.
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"
fronti nulla fides [Lat.] —
ah that deceit should steal such gentle shapes"
a quicksand of deceit"
decipimur specie recti [Lat.]
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"
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