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Definition 1: the act of deceiving - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for deception in the sense of this definition

(deception is a kind of ...) a willful perversion of facts

(... is a kind of deception ) the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards

(... is a kind of deception ) a deliberate act intended to make something obscure

(... is a kind of deception ) pretending to be another person

(... is a kind of deception ) the act of giving a false appearance

"his conformity was only pretending"

(... is a kind of deception ) the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas

(... is a kind of deception ) a deception for profit to yourself

(... is a kind of deception ) acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another

(... is a kind of deception ) the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)

(... is a kind of deception ) deceitful action that is not straightforward

"he could see through the indirections of diplomats"

(... is a kind of deception ) the act of faking (or the product of faking)

(... is a kind of deception ) the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone

Definition 2: an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for deception in the sense of this definition

(deception is a kind of ...) the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment

"we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal" "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"

(... is a kind of deception ) a trick performed with playing cards

(... is a kind of deception ) manual dexterity in the execution of tricks

Definition 3: a misleading falsehood - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for deception in the sense of this definition

(deception is a kind of ...) a false statement

(... is a kind of deception ) communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable

"they tried to sell me a bill of goods about a secondhand car"

(... is a kind of deception ) a fraudulent or duplicitous representation

(... is a kind of deception ) verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way

(... is a kind of deception ) something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity

"he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge" "the holding company was just a blind"

(... is a kind of deception ) pretending with intention to deceive

(... is a kind of deception ) a long and elaborate misrepresentation

(... is a kind of deception ) making to seem more important than it really is

(... is a kind of deception ) a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant

(... is a kind of deception ) a partially true statement intended to deceive or mislead

(... is a kind of deception ) communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive

(... is a kind of deception ) a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth

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