Definition of hoax
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a skilled forger who hoaxed the art world into believing that the paintings were long-lost Vermeers
First Known Use: circa 1796See Words from the same year
bamboozle, beguile, bluff, buffalo, burn, catch, con, cozen, deceive, delude, dupe, fake out, fool, gaff, gull, have, hoodwink, humbug, juggle, misguide, misinform, mislead, snow, spoof, string along, take in, trick;
do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes;
The bomb threat is probably a hoax, but we should still evacuate the building.
She was the victim of a cruel hoax.
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: to trick or deceive (someone)
: an act that is meant to trick or deceive people
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