trickery

noun
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.

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Trailers like this are often made far enough in advance of launch that while some or all of it likely runs in-engine, some trickery is probably used to produce gameplay footage that resembles what the final, working game will look like. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Obsidian Entertainment finally announces its Fallout: New Vegas successor," 7 Dec. 2018 In other words, this is not only a claustrophobic space typical of the artist, but its very density and crosscurrents convey a sense of trickery, borne out by other key details. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "A Winning Group of Cheaters," 28 Sep. 2018 Christian Wörns’ first half dismissal was punished by identical strikes from Robert Jarni and Goran Vlaović, before some Šuker trickery put the icing on the cake. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 5 Weeks to Go Croatia Win Bronze Thanks to Their Golden Boy Davor Šuker," 19 May 2018 The cops in one New Jersey city are trying to catch the thieves with some trickery of their own. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves," 12 Dec. 2018 Air blasts, motion platforms, and other sensory ticklers also help add to the trickery. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Who you gonna call (in VR)? Ghostbusters!," 23 Jan. 2018 The devices were described in a Wall Street Journal article last December that highlighted the ways that Chinese police gather DNA samples from many citizens who aren’t criminal suspects, sometimes resorting to trickery. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "U.S. Technology Sent to Chinese Police Was Within Rules, Commerce Department Says," 26 July 2018 Even if millions of Facebook accounts hadn’t been hacked, people’s individual accounts are hacked all the time through online trickery. Farhad Manjoo, The Seattle Times, "Why you shouldn’t use Facebook to log in to other sites and apps," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of trickery

1796, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce trickery (audio) \

Kids Definition of trickery

: the use of actions intended to deceive or cheat

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