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

Definition of ruse

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: 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


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

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Rhoda was, ostensibly, Mary’s sad-sack neighbor turned friend, but that was just a ruse. Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Valerie Harper and the timeless cool of Rhoda Morgenstern," 31 Aug. 2019 In a 2016 deposition and a 66-page brief, Sjoberg corroborates Giuffre’s account of how Maxwell recruited young women and girls under the ruse of a legitimate job. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Second woman accuses Prince Andrew in Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking lawsuit, new documents reveal," 9 Aug. 2019 In 2013, an unidentified tipster told the FBI of the ruse. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Former Twin Cities man who faked his death for $2 million insurance payout sentenced to three years," 29 July 2019 Instead, the family has gathered together under the ruse of a wedding as Haohao (Han Chen), Billi’s cousin, has been coerced into marrying his girlfriend of only a few months. N.e.g., The Economist, "“The Farewell” is a poignant study of family, tradition and identity," 16 July 2019 Prenda Law, which ran from 2011 through 2014, was lucrative — prosecutors said the men made around $3 million as a result of their ruse. NBC News, "Attorney who oversaw porn film fraud scheme sentenced to five years," 10 July 2019 Gypsy Rose was apparently as much a victim as a perpetrator of the ruse. Michael Ordoña,, "Calum Worthy tried to understand how a ‘sweet guy’ could commit a heinous crime in ‘The Act’," 7 June 2019 In court, prosecutors described Baymon’s ruse: In each instance, Baymon — who is on parole for separate theft and identity theft convictions — is accused of identifying himself as the victim’s driver and asking for a debit card. William Lee,, "Fake ride-share driver cleans out bank accounts of victims in Loop, River North, authorities say," 4 Aug. 2019 That ruse became a caricature in O’Rourke’s 2018 race for the Texas Senate. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Democratic Candidates Are Running a Race of Inauthenticity," 11 July 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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ruse de guerre


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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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