\ 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

Noun His act was just a clever ruse to get me to go out with him.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After none in 2018 or 2019, there have been seven ruse burglary attempts in Oak Brook in 2020, six in the Brook Forest subdivision and one in Fullersburg Woods. Chuck Fieldman,, "Oak Brook police go online for virtual town hall meeting," 27 Aug. 2020 Again, the second-rate trickery known from Jordan Peele’s racial horror fiction (so far Get Out, Us, and TV’s new The Twilight Zone) pushes the same buttons as Jussie Smollett’s felonious ruse. Armond White, National Review, "Lovecraft Country Is Systemic Racism Entertainment™," 26 Aug. 2020 Kirkland, looking at the situation from six decades later, said Trimmier’s move was a ruse. Creg Stephenson |, al, "‘From the whole morality of the thing’," 23 Aug. 2020 The ruse with the Hummer, which shook the media off Lucas’s trail as the Democratic lawmaker surrendered to her hometown sheriff, added another twist to an episode that left outsiders lost in the muddy swirl of Portsmouth politics. Washington Post, "Felony charges over Confederate monument feed political intrigue in Portsmouth," 22 Aug. 2020 Hobart Police have identified and charged a man accused of using COVID-19 water testing as a ruse to gain access to a home to rob it. Carrie Napoleon,, "Chicago man charged in scam saying he was testing water at a Hobart home for COVID-19: police," 18 Aug. 2020 Who better to carry out the ruse than a guy who can do both equally well? cleveland, "12 last-minute thoughts as Cleveland Browns 2020 training camp opens today," 14 Aug. 2020 To really understand the motivation behind Delvey's ruse and the scale of her scamming, Garner paid her a visit at the Albion Correctional Facility in Buffalo during a pre-pandemic production break. Ineye Komonibo,, "Julia Garner Visited Scammer Anna Delvey In Jail To Prepare For Inventing Anna," 13 Aug. 2020 Aquiline was also heavily reliant on a ruse, and if the Soviets or Chinese found out about it, their anti-aircraft fire or MiG fighter jets could have easily shot it down. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The CIA Built a Nuclear Bird Drone to Spy on Communists. Now It's Declassified.," 11 Aug. 2020

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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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10 Sep 2020

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“Ruse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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