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

Definition of trickery

: the practice of crafty underhanded ingenuity to deceive or cheat

Choose the Right Synonym for trickery

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 The forest also includes handmade sculptures, animatronic robots, original music and glimmering installations that alternately employ mirrors, light, water and shadows to create a range of visual trickery. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Other common types of theme-puzzle trickery include letter substitutions, telltale grid art, homonyms, and all manner of puns. Liz Maynes-aminzade, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 The cherry-tree myth was wholly invented by a biographer, and Washington used trickery, forgery, and spying to his advantage in the Revolutionary War, Amy Zegart explains. Emma Sarappo, The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2022 These are two old colleagues who know the scene and this moment who want to win a national championship with execution instead to trickery. Michael Casagrande |, al, 5 Jan. 2022 Characters are resurrected all the time, thanks to trickery, magic or parallel timeline shenanigans. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 9 July 2021 Using minimal visual trickery, the film transports us to an eerie near-future by making the most of evocative low-key photography (Benjamin Loeb’s cinematography is exquisite) and some elegant touches on the sets. Kyle Smith, National Review, 10 Mar. 2022 In the final quarter, after Buckeye used trickery to return from a 21-0 deficit and close within 28-25, the Knights turned to the stocky Galindo again to engineer another time-consuming drive out of the Double Wing T. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2021 Nobody had ever tried to hold the national credit rating hostage, effectively stolen a Supreme Court seat, or plotted to steal a presidential election through tendentious legal trickery until Republicans did it without apology. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of trickery

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Trickery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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