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hoax

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verb \ˈhōks\

Definition of hoax

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often preposterous were hoaxed by the website

hoaxer

noun

Examples of hoax in a sentence

  1. a skilled forger who hoaxed the art world into believing that the paintings were long-lost Vermeers

Origin and Etymology of hoax

probably contraction of hocus


First Known Use: circa 1796


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hoax

noun

Definition of hoax

  1. 1 :  an act intended to trick or dupe :  imposture the victim of a cruel hoax assumed the bomb threat was just a hoax

  2. 2 :  something accepted or established by fraud or fabrication believes the Loch Ness Monster is a hoax a literary hoax

Examples of hoax in a sentence

  1. The bomb threat is probably a hoax, but we should still evacuate the building.

  2. She was the victim of a cruel hoax.

Origin and Etymology of hoax

see 1hoax


First Known Use: 1808


HOAX Defined for English Language Learners

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hoax

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verb \ˈhōks\

Definition of hoax for English Language Learners

  • : to trick or deceive (someone)


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hoax

noun

Definition of hoax for English Language Learners

  • : an act that is meant to trick or deceive people


HOAX Defined for Kids

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hoax

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verb \ˈhōks\

Definition of hoax for Students

hoaxed

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hoaxing

  1. :  to trick into thinking something is true or real when it isn't


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hoax

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noun

Definition of hoax for Students

  1. 1 :  an act meant to fool or deceive

  2. 2 :  something false passed off as real



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