trickery

noun
trick·ery | \ ˈtri-k(ə-)rē \

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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With the trickery of Stoke City's Ramadan Sobhi in the wide areas, the trio will provide the ammunition and support for surely Hector Cuper's greatest asset: Salah. SI.com, "How Far Can Liverpool Superstar Mohamed Salah Carry the Pharoahs at the FIFA World Cup?," 9 May 2018 Feeling a twinge from that wound seems like the most logical explanation of them all — except William was shot long after the night Juliette died, which wouldn’t explain the gesture way back then unless some timeline trickery was being used. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Westworld Spoilers Club season 2, episode 9: Vanishing Point," 18 June 2018 But beyond the boosts of trickery and experimental nudges, how is such belief instilled? Paul Bisceglio, The Atlantic, "The Wisdom of Running a 2,189-Mile Marathon," 13 May 2018 The movie was shot mainly in Vancouver, Canada, and its frequent cutaways to the Hong Kong skyline are hardly the sole example of blatant visual trickery at work. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Dwayne Johnson scales the heights in the thrillingly dumb 'Skyscraper'," 11 July 2018 Didier Deschamps and co will be quietly confident of picking apart Argentina, though, with it hard to see how goalscoring hero Rojo and Nicolas Otamendi will be able to stave off the pace and trickery of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Three things we learned today at the World Cup," 26 June 2018 The film was eventually completed with a mix of script rewrites, body doubles, existing footage of Lee and an early form of the digital trickery used by Framestore on Hepburn. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 Proponents of Bitcoin and blockchains argue that centralized ledgers are inherently prone to trickery and fraud; look at Bernie Madoff or Enron. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "Farhad’s Week in Tech: Bitcoin and the Scams Under Everything," 15 June 2018 Lawlor argued that the legislation was passed with political trickery by gutting a bill and inserting the proposal in it so it could be approved in the waning days of the legislative session. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County Board committees back opposition to putting assessor's post on November ballot," 27 June 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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trickery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trickery

: the use of tricks to deceive or cheat someone

trickery

noun
trick·ery | \ ˈtri-kə-rē \

Kids Definition of trickery

: the use of actions intended to deceive or cheat

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