\ ˈrüs How to pronounce ruse (audio) , ˈrüz\

Definition of ruse

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: a wily subterfuge


geographical name
Ru·​se | \ ˈrü-(ˌ)sā How to pronounce Ruse (audio) \
variants: or Turkish Ruschuk \ ru̇s-​ˈchük How to pronounce Ruschuk (audio) \

Definition of Ruse (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northeastern Bulgaria on the Danube River south of Bucharest population 148,500

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trick, ruse, stratagem, maneuver, artifice, wile, feint mean an indirect means to gain an end. trick may imply deception, roguishness, illusion, and either an evil or harmless end. the tricks of the trade ruse stresses an attempt to mislead by a false impression. the ruses of smugglers stratagem implies a ruse used to entrap, outwit, circumvent, or surprise an opponent or enemy. the stratagem-filled game maneuver suggests adroit and skillful avoidance of difficulty. last-minute maneuvers to avert bankruptcy artifice implies ingenious contrivance or invention. the clever artifices of the stage wile suggests an attempt to entrap or deceive with false allurements. used all of his wiles to ingratiate himself feint implies a diversion or distraction of attention away from one's real intent. a feint toward the enemy's left flank

Examples of ruse in a Sentence


His act was just a clever ruse to get me to go out with him.

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The ruse allowed Doe to keep using the US citizen’s true name and Social Security number, prosecutors said. Travis Andersen,, "Roxbury man used someone else’s name for more than 40 years. The feds still aren’t sure who he is," 13 June 2019 The ruse added to the numerous doubts about the kingdom’s explanation of how the 59-year-old writer died. Ben Hubbard, The Seattle Times, "Khashoggi double sent to create false trail in Istanbul, surveillance images show," 22 Oct. 2018 Ukraine’s security service said the ruse had allowed the agency to foil a Russian plot, a rare victory after the killing of several Kremlin critics on the streets of the country’s capital. James Marson, WSJ, "‘Hello. I’m Your Killer’: Behind a Faked Assassination in Ukraine," 3 Aug. 2018 The ruse began falling apart two years ago when the girl tried to get a driver's license but didn't have a valid birth certificate. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Woman who kidnapped newborn, raised child as her own apologizes," 4 May 2018 The stash house, though, turned out to be a ruse concocted by the FBI. Jason Meisner,, "Judge, police colleagues to testify against 2 indicted Chicago gang cops," 18 June 2019 There is widespread public mistrust of the Congo government and health workers from outside the region, giving rise to rumors that the disease is a ruse to try to rig elections in the area, where dozens of armed groups operate. NBC News, "New Ebola cases in Uganda raise fears of further spread," 12 June 2019 Kiley White, 26, of Galloway, was arrested July 12 and charged with deception and harassment for the alleged ruse, Egg Harbor Township police said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "New Jersey woman faked brain cancer to scam couple into giving her a place to stay, cops say," 19 July 2018 The survey was bogus, a ruse cooked up by investigators to get a sample of Vannieuwenhoven's DNA., "Decades after a couple was killed on a hiking trail, a sealed envelope leads to an arrest," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of ruse


1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruse


French, from Old French, roundabout path taken by fleeing game, trickery, from reuser

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English Language Learners Definition of ruse

: a trick or act that is used to fool someone


\ ˈrüs How to pronounce ruse (audio) , ˈrüz\

Kids Definition of ruse

: trick entry 1 sense 3, artifice The phone call was just a ruse to see if he was home.

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