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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However, many think this was the result of Photoshop trickery. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Nicki Minaj and Cardi B's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 15 Sep. 2018 After warmups, the Eagles opened with a brief group install period that involved some red zone trickery. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: Carson Wentz's arm strength; Philly Special redux; quarterback golf," 14 June 2018 Roberto Firmino's skills are no secret at this point, with Liverpool's Brazilian ace renowned for the flair and trickery which has helped him become one of the Premier League's deadliest front men. SI.com, "WATCH: Liverpool Star Roberto Firmino Displays His Skills in Awesome 'No-Look Challenge' Video," 17 June 2018 Even though all of Bitcoin’s transactions are recorded on a blockchain, the transparency didn’t seem to inhibit trickery here. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "Farhad’s Week in Tech: Bitcoin and the Scams Under Everything," 15 June 2018 The @Jaguars force the fumble and RECOVER after the Pats pull off a little trickery. Peter King, SI.com, "NFL Replay Critics: Stop the Obsession, and the Unrealistic Expectations for Officials," 23 Jan. 2018 Thurber makes that trickery explicit by setting one action scene in a fun house hall of mirrors, a derivative trompe l’oeil conceit of which the filmmakers prove far too enamored. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Dwayne Johnson scales the heights in the thrillingly dumb 'Skyscraper'," 11 July 2018 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

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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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