cha·​rade | \shə-ˈrād, -ˈräd \

Definition of charade 

1 : a word represented in riddling verse or by picture, tableau, or dramatic action (such as intrusion represented by depiction of inn, true, and shun)

2 charades plural : a game in which some of the players try to guess a word or phrase from the actions of another player who may not speak

3 : an empty or deceptive act or pretense his concern was a charade

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Examples of charade in a Sentence

We've grown tired of your charades. put on a convincing charade to keep her from knowing about the surprise party

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Perhaps because of Michael's charm—and certainly not his swing—the Chicago players are fully cooperating in this charade. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Holmes also misled investors on how much revenue the company was going to make, and faked demonstrations of her lab equipment to keep the charade going. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How Silicon Valley got played by Theranos," 15 June 2018 The charade was so successful that Russia briefly passed for a contender. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Russia Is Out of the Russian World Cup," 7 July 2018 And yet, the notoriously firing-averse Trump doesn't even appear to want to end the charade himself. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump all but kills Ronny Jackson’s ill-considered VA nomination with one final spectacle," 24 Apr. 2018 The charade goes on for a few more seconds, but then cuts out to the waddling toddler attempting to run after the forest creature. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "Toddler Waddles Toward Baby Deer, What Happens Next is Absolutely Precious," 21 Aug. 2015 Drum up a game of tag or charades to get the whole gang involved. Kat Hnatyshyn, kansascity, "Here's to a thrifty Fourth of July," 30 June 2018 There was no reason for the Colts to continue the charade that Luck’s return would restore them to a playoff team. Indianapolis Star, "Andrew Luck is throwing. Oddsmakers and analysts aren't buying it.," 28 June 2018 Although the presidential vote, scheduled for March 26-28, is widely seen as a charade — Mr. Sisi’s sole opponent is an obscure politician who until recently backed him — the government has given no quarter to potential rivals. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "As Elections Near, Egypt Finds a New Target: Foreign News Media," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of charade

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for charade

French, from Occitan charrado chat, from charrá to chat, chatter

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English Language Learners Definition of charade

: something that is done in order to pretend something is true when it is not really true

charades : a game in which players try to guess a word or phrase from the actions of another player who is not allowed to speak

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obstinately defiant of authority

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