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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Large monitors on the sides of the stage give the audience a clear view of the hands and trickery of magician Tony Brent. Dewayne Bevil,, "WonderWorks: Outta Control dinner show’s menu now features close-up magic," 11 July 2019 Such trickery would undermine China’s economy as well as its quest for global influence. Gerard Gayou, WSJ, "Who’s Afraid of the Belt and Road?," 9 June 2019 Such trickery could become easier to expose with a new technique to spot modern forgeries from the tiniest of samples. The Economist, "Researchers find a way to use minute samples to detect forged paintings," 8 June 2019 Opened last October, Ocean Odyssey uses digital media, technological trickery, and concepts borrowed from theme parks, live theater, museums, video games, and other disciplines. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Go on an Ocean Odyssey in Times Square with National Geographic," 31 Jan. 2018 In fact, all the trickery of stagecraft — lighting, music, clever choreography — miraculously only serves to emphasize the reality of what’s before us. Matthew J. Palm,, "'Come From Away:’ Amazing show closes out Broadway season in Orlando | Review," 11 June 2019 Trailers like this are often made far enough in advance of launch that while some or all of it likely runs in-engine, some trickery is probably used to produce gameplay footage that resembles what the final, working game will look like. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Obsidian Entertainment finally announces its Fallout: New Vegas successor," 7 Dec. 2018 In other words, this is not only a claustrophobic space typical of the artist, but its very density and crosscurrents convey a sense of trickery, borne out by other key details. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "A Winning Group of Cheaters," 28 Sep. 2018 Christian Wörns’ first half dismissal was punished by identical strikes from Robert Jarni and Goran Vlaović, before some Šuker trickery put the icing on the cake., "World Cup Countdown: 5 Weeks to Go Croatia Win Bronze Thanks to Their Golden Boy Davor Šuker," 19 May 2018

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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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