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1 a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end
  • her husband used every trick in the book to get out of appearing in his parish's fashion show

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2 a playful or mischievous act intended as a joke
  • thought that gluing the silver dollar to the floor and watching him struggle to pick it up would be a good trick

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3 a usual manner of behaving or doing
  • that deadbeat is up to his usual tricks: once again he's claiming the check is in the mail

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4 an act of notable skill, strength, or cleverness
  • it'd be quite a trick to hit that target from here

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Synonyms & Antonyms of trick (Entry 2 of 3)

to cause to believe what is untrue
  • you tricked me into thinking my ex wasn't coming to the party tonight

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How is the word trick different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of trick are artifice, feint, maneuver, ruse, stratagem, and wile. While all these words mean "an indirect means to gain an end," trick may imply deception, roguishness, illusion, and either an evil or harmless end.

the tricks of the trade

When could artifice be used to replace trick?

Although the words artifice and trick have much in common, artifice implies ingenious contrivance or invention.

the clever artifices of the stage

When would feint be a good substitute for trick?

The words feint and trick can be used in similar contexts, but feint implies a diversion or distraction of attention away from one's real intent.

a feint toward the enemy's left flank

In what contexts can maneuver take the place of trick?

While in some cases nearly identical to trick, maneuver suggests adroit and skillful avoidance of difficulty.

last-minute maneuvers to avert bankruptcy

When can ruse be used instead of trick?

While the synonyms ruse and trick are close in meaning, ruse stresses an attempt to mislead by a false impression.

the ruses of smugglers

When is it sensible to use stratagem instead of trick?

In some situations, the words stratagem and trick are roughly equivalent. However, stratagem implies a ruse used to entrap, outwit, circumvent, or surprise an opponent or enemy.

the stratagem-filled game

When is wile a more appropriate choice than trick?

The meanings of wile and trick largely overlap; however, wile suggests an attempt to entrap or deceive with false allurements.

used all of his wiles to ingratiate himself

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The first known use of trick was in the 15th century

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“Trick.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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