ruse

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

Definition of ruse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wily subterfuge

Ruse

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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Noun

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.

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The survey was bogus, a ruse cooked up by investigators to get a sample of Vannieuwenhoven's DNA. oregonlive.com, "Decades after a couple was killed on a hiking trail, a sealed envelope leads to an arrest," 3 June 2019 GoT fans had mixed reactions over the ruse, from excitement over seeing some fan favorites to disappointment that the characters didn't make the final cut. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jaqen H'ghar and The Waif Filmed a Fake Game of Thrones Finale Scene," 28 May 2019 But this, of course, was a ruse to throw off the competition, and anyone could clearly see that a derrick rose high above the arches that were now under construction. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 After the ruse was exposed by the BBC in November 2001, Sessarego moved to Belgium. Washington Post, "Journalist joins ranks of stranger-than-fiction faked deaths," 30 May 2018 That ruse is almost certainly what saved both of their lives. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Code Name: Lise’ Review: The War’s Most Decorated Woman," 11 Jan. 2019 Senior executives soon saw through his boss’s ruse, and began coming to him with questions while rolling out the plan. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Hey, That’s My Idea! When Your Boss Steals Your Work," 27 Nov. 2018 From the Los Angeles design studio Commune comes a clever ruse: a terra cotta disc, designed to hold scented oil, that nestles like a halo on a lightbulb, sending unseen wafts into the air. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "10 Utterly Perfect Home Fragrances for the Holiday Hostess with the Mostest," 20 Nov. 2018 The two bicker about whether or not the ruse even looks believable. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "When this Instagram couple has vicious fights, millions of people tune in," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of ruse

Noun

1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruse

Noun

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

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ruse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ruse

: a trick or act that is used to fool someone

ruse

noun
\ 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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