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

Definition of ruse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Noun His act was just a clever ruse to get me to go out with him.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When our mother discovered the ruse, we were punished and made to send the money to the American Cancer Society. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 1 June 2020 Shackleton’s ruse for getting away from the confines of the ship would draw nods of recognition from millions of housebound folks today, fidgeting under COVID-19 shelter-in-place guidelines. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 26 May 2020 Behind the scenes, however, homicide detectives were unraveling the ruse. Tim Prudente,, "Daughter pleads guilty to cover-up after stepmother’s murder; she blamed a Baltimore panhandler," 26 Sep. 2019 Clever criminal minds could be up-to-date on titles for this ruse, but for protecting valuables from the average visitor to your home, go for it. Popular Science, "Products to secure your most precious possessions," 20 Sep. 2019 Sunday outsmarted Adam and Hannah with a ruse at Tribal Council. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor Winners at War recap: Double elimination smackdown!," 7 May 2020 Eisenhower saw through the ruse, though, and insisted Jodl sign an instrument of surrender without negotiations. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Why Germany surrendered twice in World War II," 6 May 2020 The ruse appeared to be designed to bypass two-factor authentication protections that require a one-time password or physical security key in addition to a password. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Inside the campaign that tried to compromise Tibetans’ iOS and Android phones," 25 Sep. 2019 At the same time, as with HQ2, the ruse fell apart under the lightest scrutiny. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s Twitter ambassadors are blurring the line between fact and fiction," 16 Aug. 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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18 Jun 2020

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“Ruse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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