Synonyms & Antonyms of cheat

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1 to use dishonest methods to achieve a goal
  • students who cheat on tests end up never knowing anything

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2 to be sexually unfaithful
  • he suspects that his girlfriend is cheating on him

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3 to fall short in satisfying the expectation or hope of
  • the daredevil survived his plunge over the falls with barely a scratch, having cheated death once again

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4 to rob by the use of trickery or threats
  • a despicable confidence man who heartlessly cheated elderly people out of their savings

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How does the verb cheat contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of cheat are cozen, defraud, and swindle. While all these words mean "to get something by dishonesty or deception," cheat suggests using trickery that escapes observation.

cheated me out of a dollar

When can cozen be used instead of cheat?

The words cozen and cheat are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, cozen implies artful persuading or flattering to attain a thing or a purpose.

always able to cozen her grandfather out of a few dollars

When is defraud a more appropriate choice than cheat?

The meanings of defraud and cheat largely overlap; however, defraud stresses depriving one of his or her rights and usually connotes deliberate perversion of the truth.

defrauded of her inheritance by an unscrupulous lawyer

Where would swindle be a reasonable alternative to cheat?

In some situations, the words swindle and cheat are roughly equivalent. However, swindle implies large-scale cheating by misrepresentation or abuse of confidence.

swindled of their savings by con artists

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The first known use of cheat was in 1590

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“Cheat.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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