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 What might be one of the most interesting facts about this already dazzling example of nature’s cunning, is the fact that this particular orchid variety doesn’t require all the trickery after all. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "This Pretty Orchid Looks Just Like a Bumble Bee (And It Helps Attract Them, Too!)," 30 Apr. 2020 This isn't the first time researchers have used trickery to drive the point home that few people read all the terms of service, privacy policies and other agreements that regularly pop up on their screens. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "What you need to know before clicking 'I agree' on that terms of service agreement or privacy policy," 28 Jan. 2020 The Longhorns used some trickery to help set up the winning field goal. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Dobie matches longest non-district winning streak in 8 seasons with victory over Bellaire," 7 Sep. 2019 Yet that visual trickery isn’t the fakest aspect of the movie. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Beauty of Sam Mendes’s “1917” Comes at a Cost," 7 Jan. 2020 Such trickery has over centuries created and reinforced racial, linguistic, and gender stereotypes and hegemony in India. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 The Norwegian converted an 11th-minute penalty after Hwang Hee-chan's trickery drew a clumsy challenge from Ballon d'Or nominee Kalidou Koulibaly., "Napoli 1-1 RB Salzburg: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Azzurri Blow Chance at Early Qualification," 5 Nov. 2019 Before playing the Saints, Shanahan inserted trickery into the game plan: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders threw a touchdown pass and Juszczyk had an option pitch to running back Raheem Mostert on a crucial third-and-1. Eric Branch,, "What has 49ers’ Shanahan cooked up to test the Vikings? Playoff game preview," 10 Jan. 2020 Unlike virtually every other rock singer her age (and many younger), Ann Wilson didn’t engage in any vocal trickery or avoid any notes. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Heart blows the roof off Xcel Energy Center in one of the best classic rock concerts of the year," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of trickery

1796, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jun 2020

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“Trickery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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