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.
Recent Examples on the Web Taking advantage of a personal foul by St. John Bosco to keep the drive alive, the Trailblazers pulled off a little trickery on a fake fly sweep and Duran found wide-open tight end Henry Deakins for a 19-yard touchdown to end the half down 21-14. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "St. John Bosco dominates in second half to beat Sierra Canyon," 13 Mar. 2021 The program busied itself applying its trickery, then produced a simulation that seemed kind, confident and somewhat mischievous. Star Tribune, "Lileks: Deep Nostalgia uses artificial intelligence to bring Grandma's photo to life," 7 Mar. 2021 Sure, roster maneuvers and service-time trickery are a part of every spring. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Five things to watch as MLB spring training games begin in Arizona, Florida," 28 Feb. 2021 In politics, lamayòt can refer to, among other things, trickery, a sleight of hand, and broken promises. Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker, "Haitians Are at an Impasse Over the Country’s Future," 19 Feb. 2021 Decades after his father's death, Diop is inspired by one of Maurice Leblanc's classic novels to become a master of disguise and trickery like Leblanc's character Arsène Lupin in order to expose the Pellegrini family's own crimes. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "Part 2 of Netflix's 'Lupin': Everything We Know," 14 Jan. 2021 Finally, after years of mistrust in the Senate, ranging from the Merrick Garland Supreme Court nomination to the rushed confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, the Democrats are rightly fearful of Republican trickery. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Biden Is Wise to Negotiate With Senate Republicans," 2 Feb. 2021 There was no trickery to what Colletto attempted Saturday. oregonlive, "Nowhere to go but up for Oregon State after a Washington State beatdown: 8 takeaways," 8 Nov. 2020 Setting up a stunt outside of the video frame, obscuring the webcam, or using other camera trickery wouldn’t be accepted by an audience as real magic, Mr. Britten said. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "Alacazoom! Magic Acts Disappear from Theaters, Reappear Online," 20 Dec. 2020

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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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20 Mar 2021

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“Trickery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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