\ 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 Ruse (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 But the app was itself a ruse, cooked up by Australian and U.S. officials in 2018. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 The ruse began on May 31 when Rodney Wheeler called 911 to report that his wife had fallen from an overlook at New River Gorge National Park in southern West Virginia, according to federal authorities. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 6 Apr. 2021 Their conclusion was clear: The home was a ruse designed to deceive China about conditions in the capitalist West. Peter C. Martin, The Atlantic, 19 June 2021 Frerichs, 58, from Lombard, Illinois, was kidnapped in January 2020 in the capital city of Kabul after being lured to a business meeting that was a ruse, officials have told ABC News. James Gordon Meek, ABC News, 17 June 2021 Taylor and his mother left Donlan multiple messages on his answering machine the day after the killing before Taylor called 911 in what prosecutors said was a ruse to cover up his involvement. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 26 May 2021 If the Ryanair diversion is shown to be a ruse, that trust could erode not just over Belarus, but around the world. Benjamin Katz, WSJ, 25 May 2021 Some Israeli media outlets speculated that the announcement of a ground invasion was a ruse to lure Hamas military forces into the tunnels. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Cybersecurity analysts cautioned that the DarkSide statement could be a ruse, allowing its members to regroup and deflect the negative attention caused by the attack. Michael Schwirtz, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021

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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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“Ruse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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