1. [ noun ] the act of deceiving
Synonyms: dissembling dissimulation deceit
Related terms: falsification misrepresentaation pretense trickery delusion illusion imposture obscurantism duplicity bluff cheat indirection fakery take-in dissimulate
2. [ noun ] a misleading falsehood
Synonyms: misrepresentation deceit
Related terms: falsehood subterfuge trickery snow_job exaggeration facade half-truth fraudulence evasion bill_of_goods humbug pretense deceive
3. [ noun ] (performing arts) an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
Synonyms: trick conjuring_trick magic legerdemain illusion conjuration magic_trick
Related terms: performance prestidigitation card_trick
Similar spelling:   deceptive