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hoax

hoax

 
pronunciation:
hoks
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act of deception, esp. a humorous or mischievous trick.
synonyms:
chicanery, flimflam, humbug, prank, spoof, trick
similar words:
hocus-pocus, joke, practical joke, ruse, stunt
definition 2: something false or inauthentic presented as true or authentic, with intent to deceive or defraud.
The so-called "ancient" poem was a hoax that the public believed completely.
 
synonyms:
fake, phony, ripoff
similar words:
bait-and-switch, counterfeit, fabrication, pretense, sham, swindle
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hoaxed, hoaxes, hoaxing
definition: to deceive or defraud with a hoax.
synonyms:
bamboozle, cozen, deceive, dupe, flimflam, fool, hoodwink, humbug, trick
similar words:
con, defraud, delude, fake, mislead, rip off, rogue, rook, swindle
derivation: hoaxer (n.)