ruse

noun \ ˈrüs , ˈrüz \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of ruse

: a wily subterfuge

Examples of ruse in a Sentence

  1. His act was just a clever ruse to get me to go out with him.

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Origin and Etymology of ruse

French, from Old French, roundabout path taken by fleeing game, trickery, from reuser

Synonym Discussion of ruse

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

Ruse

geographical name Ru·se \ ˈrü-(ˌ)sā \
variants: or Turkish Ruschuk play \ru̇s-ˈchük\

Definition of Ruse

city in northeastern Bulgaria on the Danube River south of Bucharest population 148,500

RUSE Defined for English Language Learners

ruse

noun

Definition of ruse for English Language Learners

  • : a trick or act that is used to fool someone


RUSE Defined for Kids

ruse

noun \ ˈrüs , ˈrüz \

Definition of ruse for Students

: 1trick 3, artifice The phone call was just a ruse to see if he was home.


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