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

Definition of ruse

: a wily subterfuge

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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

His act was just a clever ruse to get me to go out with him.
Recent Examples on the Web The photograph was the work of a makeup artist — the coup de grace of a straight-out-of-Hollywood ruse agents had devised to ensnare Aslanian. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2022 Somehow, both Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin were reported to have been taken in by the ruse. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2022 In light of this incident and other recent area ruse burglaries, the sheriff’s office is encouraging people to take a series of precautions. Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 The ruse to which Chambers referred was a sting operation conducted when Dan led the group to a warehouse in Ypsilanti. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 16 Aug. 2022 Though Chuck is just trying to connect with Franklin, his son ends up falling hard for Becca – and Chuck goes to increasingly elaborate lengths to keep up the ruse. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 4 Aug. 2022 When the ruse is revealed, mother and daughter have to rebuild their faith in each other. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 Those efforts failed in 2020, thanks to litigation by voting rights groups and at least five Supreme Court justices who were willing to see through the ruse. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 21 July 2022 The corpse was discovered by fishermen as planned, but instead of being turned over to Nazi officials in the area, an Allied-loyal Spanish official almost upended the ruse by sending the corpse back to England. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 See More

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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 7 Oct. 2022.

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\ 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.

Ruse 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

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


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