trickery

noun trick·ery \ ˈtri-k(ə-)rē \
|Updated on: 2 Jul 2018

Definition of trickery

: the practice of crafty underhanded ingenuity to deceive or cheat

Examples of trickery in a Sentence

  1. He resorted to trickery to get what he wanted.

  2. 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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First Known Use of trickery

1796

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Synonym Discussion of 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

TRICKERY Defined for English Language Learners

trickery

Definition of trickery for English Language Learners

  • : the use of tricks to deceive or cheat someone


TRICKERY Defined for Kids

trickery

noun trick·ery \ ˈtri-kə-rē \

Definition of trickery for Students

: the use of actions intended to deceive or cheat


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