noun trick·ery \ˈtri-k(ə-)rē\

: the use of tricks to deceive or cheat someone

Full Definition of TRICKERY

:  the practice of crafty underhanded ingenuity to deceive or cheat

Examples of TRICKERY

  1. He resorted to trickery to get what he wanted.
  2. <Delia resorted to trickery—even loading up the fishing equipment—to induce her dog into the car for his vet appointment.>

First Known Use of TRICKERY


Synonym Discussion of TRICKERY

deception, fraud, double-dealing, subterfuge, trickery mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives. deception may or may not imply blameworthiness, since it may suggest cheating or merely tactical resource <magicians are masters of deception>. fraud always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice <indicted for fraud>. double-dealing suggests treachery or at least action contrary to a professed attitude <a go-between suspected of double-dealing>. subterfuge suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end <obtained the papers by subterfuge>. trickery implies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat <resorted to trickery to gain their ends>.

Rhymes with TRICKERY

TRICKERY Defined for Kids


noun trick·ery \ˈtri-kə-rē\

Definition of TRICKERY for Kids

:  the use of actions intended to deceive or cheat


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