trick·​ery | \ ˈtri-k(ə-)rē How to pronounce trickery (audio) \

Definition of trickery

: the practice of crafty underhanded ingenuity to deceive or cheat

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deception, fraud, double-dealing, subterfuge, trickery mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives. deception may or may not imply blameworthiness, since it may suggest cheating or merely tactical resource. magicians are masters of deception fraud always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice. indicted for fraud double-dealing suggests treachery or at least action contrary to a professed attitude. a go-between suspected of double-dealing subterfuge suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end. obtained the papers by subterfuge trickery implies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat. resorted to trickery to gain their ends

Examples of trickery in a Sentence

He resorted to trickery to get what he wanted. Delia resorted to trickery—even loading up the fishing equipment—to induce her dog into the car for his vet appointment.

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Atleti's new signing Kieran Trippier crossed for Alvaro Morata to head home the opening goal, before Felix's trickery -- a run which started with a nutmeg inside his own half -- won a penalty in the second period. Matias Grez, CNN, "Europe's next generation of football stars shine across the continent," 19 Aug. 2019 Denver showcased a flash of trickery during goal-line scrimmage periods with running back Royce Freeman once throwing incomplete and direct snaps to running back Devontae Booker and Rypien. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos training camp rewind, Day 12: No panic over Drew Lock’s preseason performance," 4 Aug. 2019 But the probe has turned into a protracted, fraught push by USC to clear its ranks of any students who were complicit in the trickery Singer carried out to sneak them into the highly selective school. Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times, "How many students cheated to get into USC? A look inside the admissions investigation," 16 July 2019 But for all the attention to detail, the trickery partly fell apart over a simple social nuance. Washington Post, "How scammers used a silicone mask and Skype to impersonate a French minister and steal $90 million," 21 June 2019 The Warriors declined to comment on Monday when asked about Laub’s trickery. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Warriors fan reveals how he was able to sneak into courtside seats," 23 July 2019 The robocall epidemic starts with spoofers, fraudulent callers whose technological trickery allows them to simulate existing numbers that are not their own – perhaps the local police department, or just a neighbor with a matching area code. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Taking the fight to robocallers," 11 July 2019 The ping pong scenes all look natural, but there’s so much of Bob’s trickery. Ben Flanagan |,, "35 fascinating facts about ‘Forrest Gump’," 25 June 2019 The handsome lighting models and per-object motion blur from Quantum Break are back for this newer game, as well, only with even more tantalizing distortion and color trickery. Sam Machkovech And Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The best games, demos, and tech of E3 2019," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of trickery

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trickery was in 1796

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English Language Learners Definition of trickery

: the use of tricks to deceive or cheat someone


trick·​ery | \ ˈtri-kə-rē How to pronounce trickery (audio) \

Kids Definition of trickery

: the use of actions intended to deceive or cheat

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